Who Is Involved in Kidney Trafficking?
Part 2 of 5
There are 3 groups:
Many of them are the same perpetrators who are involved in sex trafficking and child trafficking. Organ stealing is a sophisticated crime.
- Mafia heads own the black market
- Recruiters travel to remote villages to prey on the poor and the desperate
- Transporters travel with victims to hospitals to harvest organs
- Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff interview victims who are coerced into signing documents stating they are donating their organs to a family member.
They are poor, uneducated, and unworldly. Sometimes they are victims of a natural disaster that renders them homeless. Sometimes they are refugees. In recent history, Syrian refugees sold their organs to buy passage to Europe.
Desperate people who are in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. They have the means to buy an illegal kidney for $100,000 or more, and they can travel to get surgery. Today, most of the buyers are from Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.