7, December 2016
The Egyptian authorities have announced the dismantling of a vast network specialized in the trafficking of human organs. According to the administrative control authority, twenty-five people were arrested in possession of “millions of dollars and gold bullion after an investigation carried out in 10 hospitals.
Among the suspects arrested were doctors, nurses, intermediaries and buyers, the ministry said, referring to the largest case of organ trafficking ever seen in Egypt. The network is made up of Egyptians and nationals from other Arab countries who take advantage of the economic situation of citizens to be able to buy their organs and sell them for a large sum of money.
According to the United Nations, hundreds of poor Egyptians sell their organs every year to buy enough to live or repay their debts.
By Chi Prudence Asong