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Israel Special Investigations Unit busts organ trafficking ring

Jerusalem PostJerusalem Post | October 27, 2016

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By Eliyahu Kamisher

Police arrested three suspects on Tuesday for allegedly operating a highly profitable organ trafficking network.
According to a statement by the Lahav 433 special investigations unit, the suspects allegedly exploited low-income Israelis in need of money and convinced them to sell one of their kidneys. The suspects then located Israelis in need of a kidney and coordinated transplant operations in Turkey, pocketing hundreds of thousands of shekels in profit.

“According to the suspicions, three suspects conspired and established an organ trafficking network, with a clear division of roles, locating and recruiting organ sellers and buyers to complete the procedure, and all this for the illegal collection of money,” the police said in a statement.

One of the suspects, Dr. Michael Zis, had his medical license suspended about a year ago.

Zis fled Israel for Ukraine in 2007, according to Yedioth Ahronot, after being suspected of involvement in illegal kidney transplant operations, however he was extradited back to Israel in 2009...

Organ trafficking ring’s detainees narrate harrowing tales

Dawn PakistanDawn | October 20, 2016

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By Mohammad Ashgar

RAWALPINDI: Mohammad Ijaz, a brick kiln worker, was brought to Rawalpindi from Sahiwal by an organ trafficking ring operating in the city and was one of the 24 people detained in a multi-storey building in Bahria Town, who were recovered by the police earlier this week.

Talking to Dawn, he said members of the organ trafficking ring had told all those detained that if they tried to escape, the police will kill them, thinking they were the Taliban.

The detainees were taken to a private hospital to test their blood and kidneys for transplantation and then taken back to the building where they were illegally detained, he said.

The detainees were given two meals a day and were not allowed to talk to their families, he added...

 

Duped into selling his kidney, this 23-year-old exposed an illegal organ racket in India

Los Angeles TimesLA Times | September 15, 2016

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By N.

Seven years after leaving his village in northern India to find work in the bursting metropolis of Mumbai, Sundar Singh Jatav was struggling in a menial job at a video game shop. The $2.50 daily wage was hardly enough with his family back home deep in debt.

So in late 2015, when his boss introduced him to a man who promised to solve his financial problems, Jatav listened — and was shocked.

“He suggested I sell my kidney,” said Jatav, now 23.

What happened over the next several months would upend his life — and reveal a high-level kidney trafficking network inside one of the most reputed hospitals in India’s financial capital...

Of human organs, desperate poverty and greed

Dawn PakistanDawn | September 16, 2016

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By Naziha Syed Ali

For a hospital, this centre for kidney transplants appears to have a lot of secrets.

“No photography allowed”, reads a prominently displayed notice by the entrance.

In the waiting room, an employee curtly tells the people present to not take any photographs and to switch off their cell phones. To confirm compliance, he even walks around peering over people’s shoulders.

At least two security cameras are attached to the ceiling.

One of the doors leading from the room bears the sign “Society of transplant physician [sic] and surgeons (head office)”...

Read this comprehensive investigation into organ trafficking in Pakistan here.

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