Human Traffic Watch

Dutch Hospital To Lead Organ Trafficking Probe

In Human Trafficking on November 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

A three-year international probe, based in the Netherlands, will investigate the illegal trafficking of human organs, researchers announced on Thursday.

The investigation, led by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, will focus on overall trends and players rather than on “hard numbers,” said the Center’s Frederike Ambagtshee Thursday. “What we want to do is research the supply and demand and the involvement of organized crime — who is facilitating these transplants and how?” Ambagsshee told the Associated Press in a phone interview.

There are three common ways in which organ traffickers cheat victime, according to the UN’s Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. Traffickers may force victims into giving up organs, victims may willingly sell organs but are ultimately not paid or underpaid and organs are removed without permission from legitimate medical patients being treated for unrelated ailments.

One recent known case involved several arrests made in May in Israel, where suspects were charged with a series of illegal transplants made in Kosovo in 2008. Anoher high-profile case involved prisoners killed by the Kosovo Liberation Army after the war against Serb forces, and was one subject of recent trials by the Serbian War Crimes Prosecution.

Source: hetq

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: