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PARIS: Five people have been convicted in Kosovo in connection with an elaborate organ-trafficking network that lured poor people to the country and then sold their kidneys and other organs to wealthy transplant recipients from Israel, the United States, Canada and Germany, charging as much as $130,000 for each organ.

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Everyone knows the default position on human organ trafficking. Illegal in every country except Iran, it’s seen as a moral crime that ruthlessly exploits the penury of donors for the benefit of an affluent few.

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BRUSSELS - The economic crisis is leading to a rise in the number of people being trafficked for sex, hard labour or organ donation, the EU commission said Monday (15 April,) but the vast majority of member states have failed to implement an anti-trafficking law.

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Most of the harvested organs were then sold to recipients in Israel while others went to Canadians, Poles and Germans. But while the recipients got a new lease of life the donors often went unpaid and were abandoned.

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9 sentenced for human organ trafficking

Monday, 29 April 2013 04:37

Nine suspects were convicted of organizing others to sell human organs and received sentences ranging from one to 10 years, according to Jianggan district people’s court in Hangzhou, capital city in East China’s Zhejiang province on Wednesday.

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SYDNEY—New South Wales Government must take initiative to address transplant abuse in China and enact laws to deter Australian residents from seeking quick organ donations, said a NSW legislator in a parliamentary debate on Feb. 28.

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NEW YORK—Organ transplant medicine is an incredible life-saving technology, under the right circumstances. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of available organs, a new crime of the 21st century, organ trafficking, is supplying organs to people with the money to pay big dollars for a new life.

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Sana’a Security forces declared that they arrested a group of human organ traffickers on Tuesday.

In recent years, security has arrested several traffickers who are often part of wider networks that are taking advantage of harsh economic conditions in Yemen.

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A leading Dutch hospital, the Erasmus Medical Centre, is to conduct a three-year study of the international black market in human organs for the European Commission. Institutions from Romania, Sweden, Bulgaria and Spain as well as the European Police Office, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Eurotransplant and the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) will be involved in the project.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Younger and younger girls are being dragged into prostitution because of the global economic crisis, a conference on women's rights was told on Wednesday.

About 21 million people - or three out of 1,000 people globally - are in forced labor, meaning they have been coerced or deceived into jobs which they cannot leave, figures released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) this year showed.

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