Now Reading:

Organs taken from the poor to sell to the rich

world news

Organs taken from the poor to sell to the rich


Seven people have been indicted in Kosovo in connection with the illegal trade of human organs.

The seven include doctors and a health official.

It is alleged they belonged to an organised criminal group that brought people into Kosovo for the purpose of removing organs for transplant.

Donors from Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey, were lured into Kosovo by the false promise of payment. Those selected were the poor and vulnerable. The organs were removed at the Medicus clinic in the capital, Pristina, then sold on for six-figure sums to rich patients.

Interpol is also hunting a Turk and an Israeli national. In 2008 Kosovo police launched a raid on the clinic triggered by suspicions that a Turkish man had sold his kidney to an Israeli after he appeared listless at Pristina airport.

Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.

Next Article