Human Trafficking for the Removal of Organs and Body Parts

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Source: 
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Date: 
2008
Category: 
2|Awareness
Origin: 
2|International
Summary: 
As with human trafficking for other exploitative purposes, victims of trafficking for the purpose of organ removal are often recruited from vulnerable groups (for instance, those who live in extreme poverty) and traffickers are often part of transnational organised crime groups. Organized crime groups lure people abroad under false promises and convince or force them to sell their organs. Recipients of the organs must pay a much higher price than donors receive, part of which benefits brokers, surgeons and hospital directors, who have been reported to be involved in the organized criminal network.