Ukraine: Israeli headed organ-trafficking ring
August 8, 2010
Authorities say scheme to recruit organ donors from former Soviet countries and transplant organs into wealthy foreigners headed by Israeli citizen
Ukrainian authorities announced Friday the arrest of 12 people who are suspected of belonging to an organ-trafficking ring headed by an Israeli. The network supplied human organs to Israelis who had ordered them in advance, according to the authorities.During a press conference in Kiev, the head of the Interior Ministry’s department on human trafficking, Yuriy Kucher, said the scheme to recruit organ donors from former Soviet countries and transplant the organs into wealthy foreigners was headed by an Israeli citizen who was arrested last month.
Kucher said Thursday that recruiters sought mostly kidneys from people in Ukraine and other countries. Most of those who eventually donated organs were impoverished young women, paid up to $10,000.Surgeries were performed in Kyiv, Azerbaijan and Ecuador, he said. The surgeries cost up to $200,000 apiece.
According to an initial investigation, the ring’s profits totaled an estimated $18 million a year. The network’s members earned more than $40 million collectively.
All of the suspects have been charged with human trafficking and face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
In April the Israeli State Prosecution filed a harsh indictment against 62-year old Brigadier-General (res.) Meir Zamir from Rishon Lezion, who is suspected of heading a gang of organ traffickers that raked in millions of shekels. Also charged, along with Zamir, who received a gallantry medal during the Yom Kippur War, were brothers Michael and Yaakov Golob, age 40 and 34, Shlomi Biton, 31, and Netanel Moyal, 34.
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12 nabbed for organ trafficking Jpost
August 6, 2010
Twelve people, some of them Israeli, were arrested in the Ukraine on suspicion that they were selling human organs, Army Radio reported on Friday.
According to Army Radio, the head of the Human Trafficking Department in the Ukrainian police said the twelve contacted organ donors in the Ukraine and other countries in the former Soviet Union over the past three years.
The trafficking ring mostly sold livers to Israelis and citizens of other countries for $10,000 per body part. The transplant surgeries were done mostly in Kiev, Azerbaijan and Ecuador.
An Israeli suspected of heading the trafficking ring was arrested last month.
In April, six people were arrested in Israel by the northern branch of the police’s National Fraud Unit for allegedly misleading people into donating their organs in exchange for false promises of money, and for arranging dangerous organ transplants abroad that resulted in medical complications for recipients.
The ring allegedly placed ads in local newspapers promising $100,000 to kidney donors. In some cases, those allegedly duped by the ads were paid only $10,000, while in other cases, the organ donors received no money at all.
In 2008, the Knesset outlawed organ trafficking and the earning of profit on organ transplants. The law stipulates that all organ transplants must be carried out by the National Transplant and Organ Donation Center.
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Report: Israeli suspected of running Ukraine organ trafficking ring
August 6, 2010
An Israeli man was arrested Friday for allegedly running an organ trafficking network in the Ukraine, Army Radio reported.
The Israeli, whose name was not revealed, was arrested by Ukrainian police along with 12 other people.
According to the report, the network operated for over three years and recruited donors via the internet. Most of the donors were young women who agreed to sell a kidney for $10,000.
The organs were then allegedly transferred to Israelis in need of a kidney transplant, which cost over $200,000, said the head of the Ukrainian organization for combating human trafficking during a press conference following the arrests.
Ukrainian police estimated that the network made a gross sum of $40 million.
The facility in which the alleged operations for extracting the kidneys took place denied the allegations.
The above article can be found here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-israeli-suspected-of-running-ukraine-organ-trafficking-ring-1.306470