British cutbacks stimulate criminal organ trade

This video says about itself:

Cruel Harvest: Exposed organ trafficking cashed in on poor & prisoners

After years of ignored claims, organ trafficking in Kosovo has finally reached prosecutors. At least seven people have been charged on suspicion of luring poor people to sell their kidneys with false promises of cash. ­The group is said to have targeted poor people from Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania by offering them around $20,000 for coming to Kosovo to have operations performed.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Debt-laden public told to flog organs

Wednesday 03 August 2011

by Louise Nousratpour

Cash-strapped people in Britain were told today that they should be able to sell off their body parts in order to reduce their debts.

Desperate donors would be able to sell a kidney for £28,000 under the plans floated by University of Dundee Professor Sue Rabbit Roff.

It is currently illegal under the Human Tissue Act to buy or sell organs for transplantation in Britain.

But the professor said that legalising the trade could help people pay off student debts.

“It would be an incentive across most income levels for those who wanted to do a kind deed and make enough money to, for instance, pay off university loans,” she said.

Prof Roff suggested the “live donor” plan as a way to boost the supply of vital organs for transplant, though she admitted in passing that this “might exploit poor people.”

But Dr Calum MacKellar of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics said that the entire plan rested on there being enough people in society desperate for cash.

“To place a financial value on human beings or parts of human beings undermines the inherent dignity of the human person and the innate as well as unmeasurable worth of all individuals,” he said.

British Medical Association ethics expert Dr Tony Calland warned that a cash-for-organs scheme could push people weighed down with debts to ignore the “small but significant” dangers of the procedure.

It “could lead to donors feeling compelled to take these risks, contrary to their better judgement, because of their financial situation,” he said.

And Prof Roff’s proposal was branded “horrific” by National Union of Students president Liam Burns.

“She appears to be suggesting that the sale of body parts is an acceptable consequence of higher tuition fees, but that it would be particularly appropriate for those with less money,” he said.

“Work to increase donors is to be welcomed, but something is very wrong when students are encouraged to sell off body parts to fund their education.

“I hope the government are paying attention to the kinds of things that are being suggested as a consequence of them pushing students towards ever higher debt.”

Meanwhile, in the present economic recession in the USA, women students in desperation about their college education debts, are turning to prostitution to make ends meet.

US’s richest 400 could pay off all the nation’s student loans & still be billionaires: here.

6 thoughts on “British cutbacks stimulate criminal organ trade

  1. Sell a kidney to study in UK

    Dundee University’s UCU union executive has condemned the idea that students should sell a kidney to pay for a university education.

    The idea was raised by Sue Rabbitt Roff from Dundee University.

    It shows the obscenity of letting the market rip through education.

    No doubt if the proposal went ahead, private medical companies wouldn’t approach students in Oxford or Cambridge.

    They would look for the poorest students desperate to avoid a lifetime of debt.

    Perhaps Sue might practice what she preaches by donating hers. While on the operating table perhaps a brain transplant could be thrown in too?

    Carlo Morelli, Dundee University


  2. US official to lead organ task force

    SERBIA: The European Union expeditionary force in the contested region of Kosovo announced today that a US prosecutor has been named to investigate claims that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci led a criminal network that sold organs of civilian captives during Nato’s 1998-99 blitz of then Yugoslavia.

    It said that John Clint Williamson was named “lead prosecutor” in a task force set up to investigate the allegations raised in a report last year by Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty.

    Mr Marty alleged that Mr Thaci and other Nato-backed Kosovo Liberation Army commanders ran concentration camps where civilian captives were killed and their organs sold on the black market.


  3. Kosovo Organ Trafficking Case Gains New Dimension

    Radio Television of Serbia/Tanjug News Agency
    January 23, 2012

    Kosovo organ trafficking case “gains new dimension”

    BELGRADE: Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Bruno Vekarić said Monday that the investigation into human organ trafficking in Kosovo was “gaining a new dimension”.

    A resolution is in sight, he told state broadcaster RTS in Belgrade on Sunday, and commended Russia’s reported involvement in the probe.

    He further noted that a cooperation agreement has been signed with Russia which involves exchange of information, and pointed out that the most important thing for the victims and their families was for the investigation, conducted in four countries, “to reveal the truth”.

    The war crimes case investigated by the Serbian Prosecution concerns kidnappings, illegal imprisonment and removal of vital organs from Serb and other civilians in Kosovo and northern Albania in 1999 and 2000. The case was also investigated by Council of Europe Rapporteur Dick Marty, who in late 2010 submitted his report, naming ethnic Albanian KLA as perpetrators.

    Serbia is demanding an investigation to be conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

    But allegations of illegal trafficking in human organs in Kosovo surfaced once again, this time related to the case dubbed “Medicus”, after a clinic in Priština. This time, donors consented to operations after they were offered to illegally sell their organs.

    The suspects in the case are currently on trial in Priština. Media reports on Monday said that Canadian citizen Raul Fain, who claims that in 2008 in Priština he received a kidney extracted from a Russian woman at the price of EUR 87,000, would appear as a witness via video link in the trial in the case of illegal organ trafficking and transplants.

    Canadian daily Toronto Star says that Fain would issue his testimony under oath before the Ontario Supreme Court in the trial that started on October 4, and quoted EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Jonathan Ratel who said that Fain is in no way a suspect, but a key witness in the process.

    In an interview for Toronto Star, former Canadian prosecutor Ratel recalled that the 46-page long indictment charges seven individuals with one or more criminal acts of human trafficking and organized crime, as well as illegal performance of surgeries or abuse of office.

    According to the daily, in his statement before the Canadian authorities, Ratel, who works as an investment consultant in Toronto, gave a detailed account of the kidney transplant he underwent at the Priština clinic.

    Fain, who suffered from grave kidney problems, was notified in 2008 by his cousins from Israel that “a certain agreement can be reached as regards kidney transplants in Kosovo”.

    He was introduced to Moshe Harel whom the authorities described in the indictment as the mediator of Turkish doctor Yusuf Sonmez.

    Harel is also said to be one of the major financiers of the surgery and Interpol has issued a warrant for his arrest due to human trafficking in Kosovo.


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