Police bust suspected organ trafficking ring

Lahav 443 investigation began after foreign police contacted Israeli counterparts to help take down the trafficking ring.

By
May 22, 2012 12:46
1 minute read.
Doctors [illustrative]

surgery doctors transplant slicing 311. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Police on Tuesday arrested 10 people on suspicion of running a human organ trafficking ring.

The traffickers are accused of matching poor kidney donors with those requiring urgent transplants, before pocketing most of the profits and failing to pass them on to donors – despite promising them financial rewards.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“This ring exploited the distress of people – both donors and those who needed organs,” a police spokesman said. Suspects allegedly found donors suffering from financial difficulties and lured them into giving up their kidneys.

“The suspects failed to tell them about the medical risks, including side effects and complications, [and failed to arrange] for medical care after the procedure,” the spokesman added.

Some of the operations allegedly occurred in Kosovo and Azerbaijan.

The arrests followed an undercover investigation the Lahav 433 national police unit launched over several months in conjunction with the Tax Authority.

It is part of a wider police effort to prevent the illegal trafficking of organs from live donors.



The investigation began after foreign police forces contacted the Israel Police with intelligence about the network and its activities abroad, and sought out Israeli assistance in taking down the ring.

All suspects will appear at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning for a remand hearing, on accusations of tax offenses and of causing grievous bodily harm.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD