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Dutch Hospital To Lead Organ Trafficking Probe

November 17, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

20:37, November 17, 2012

A three-year international probe, based in the Netherlands, will investigate the illegal trafficking of human organs, researchers announced on Thursday.

The investigation, led by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, will focus on overall trends and players rather than on “hard numbers,” said the Center’s Frederike Ambagtshee Thursday. “What we want to do is research the supply and demand and the involvement of organized crime — who is facilitating these transplants and how?” Ambagsshee told the Associated Press in a phone interview.

There are three common ways in which organ traffickers cheat victime, according to the UN’s Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. Traffickers may force victims into giving up organs, victims may willingly sell organs but are ultimately not paid or underpaid and organs are removed without permission from legitimate medical patients being treated for unrelated ailments.

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