December 06, 2016
Egypt Busted A Huge Organ-Trafficking Ring
Healthcare in Egypt might not be as cheap as you think. Egyptian authorities arrested 25 people – many of whom doctors, nurses and professors – suspected of leading an international organ trafficking ring. It is illegal to purchase organs in Egypt, but extreme poverty drives some to sell their own body parts, tempting exploitative doctors. Authorities seized computers from 10 centers and found millions of dollars and gold bullion in their raids. Egypt passed several laws to curb the trade, but these organ traffickers don’t exactly have hearts. UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres said it’s not uncommon for migrants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to even be killed for their organs.
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