Anthropologist honoured for alerting world to organ trafficking
Michael Cook | 14 December 2013 |
Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, of the University of California Berkeley, has been honored by the American Anthropological Association with its first ever Anthropology in Public Policy Award for her trailblazing work on the dark practice of human organ trafficking.
European convention on organ trafficking on the way
Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 |
The Council of Europe, the leading organistion for human right in Europe, is drafting a convention to ban organ trafficking which could come into force next year.
Syrian refugees selling kidneys to survive
Michael Cook | 16 November 2013 |
An influx of destitute Syrian refugees has made Lebanon a hub for organ trafficking.
Stolen babies may be trafficked for organs in Guatemala
Michael Cook | 11 August 2013 |
Guatemalan children are being stolen for illegal adoptions and organ trafficking
Costa Rican organ trafficking exposed
Xavier Symons | 23 June 2013 |
Is Costa Rica a hub for organ trafficking?
Five convictions for Kosovo organ trafficking
Michael Cook | 02 May 2013 |
Five people have been convicted of organ trafficking in Kosovo by the European Union court which runs the legal system in the quasi-independent territory.
Tales from the Organ Trade
Michael Cook | 19 April 2013 |
"If I can't find a donor in this country I have to decide whether I'm willing to take on my soul the ethical burden of purchasing a kidney from somebody, or to die," says says a patient in a new documentary about the organ trade. See the trailer.
Dutch uni to investigate study of organ trafficking
Michael Cook | 01 December 2012 |
Dutch university to study growing problem
“Don’t let them put you under!”
Michael Cook | 07 September 2012 |
Coma is a recent four-hour TV mini-series based on the 1978 Michael Crichton thriller about a young medical student who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.
Chinese police arrest 127 in organ trafficking bust
Michael Cook | 11 August 2012 |
Chinese police have arrested 137 people, including 18 doctors, in the latest crackdown on human organ trafficking.
Israeli sentenced in first US organ trafficking conviction
Michael Cook | 20 July 2012 |
The first US conviction for organ trafficking has ended in a two-and-a-half year jail sentence for an Israeli citizen living in New York.
European crisis boosts illegal trade in body parts
Jared Yee | 09 June 2012 |
The financial crisis in Europe has sparked an increase in the trade of human body parts, as families and individuals scramble to put food on the table.
Organ trading, donation make headlines
Jared Yee | 02 June 2012 |
A worldwide illegal trade in kidneys is sharply expanding, according to the World Health Organisation.
China to stop harvesting convict organs
Jared Yee | 31 March 2012 |
China officials plan to end organ harvesting from death-row inmates, in a move to reform an organ donation system which has for many years relied heavily on prisoners.
Bengladeshi organ trafficking revealed
Michael Cook | 23 March 2012 |
A Michigan State University anthropologist from Bangladesh has published the first in-depth study describing the often horrific experiences of poor people who were victims of organ trafficking.
Refugees face organ theft at Sinai
Jared Yee | 12 November 2011 |
Bedouin smugglers who engage in people trafficking are allegedly stealing organs from indigent refugees seeking to enter Israel without enough cash, according to a startling report from CNN.
First US conviction for organ trafficking
Michael Cook | 29 October 2011 |
Ukraine tops Europe in organ trafficking
Jared Yee | 28 October 2011 |
The illegal organ trafficking trade is flourishing in Ukraine as the country’s medical infrastructure and legislation make vital transplant organs hard to come by.
National self-sufficiency in organ donation is essential, say experts
Michael Cook | 21 October 2011 |
Leading transplant surgeons have published an article in The Lancet calling upon governments to adopt a “new paradigm of self-sufficiency” so that patients stop seeking “ illegal and unethical organ transplants in remote parts of the world but return home for complicated medical care”. Every year, about 100,000 patients have organ transplants, but many more are on waiting lists. Affluent patients become impatient, go abroad and buy organs on the black market.
Trial opens for 7 Kosovars in organ-trafficking case
Jared Yee | 15 October 2011 |
The trial of seven Kosovars accused of participating in an international organ trafficking ring opened recently.