30 Apr 2013

Prison sentences for organ trafficking

10:07 am on 30 April 2013

Five people have been sentenced to prison in Kosovo for trafficking in human organs.

They worked at a clinic in Pristina where they carried out dozens of illegal transplants in 2008.

Two others, former government officials, were acquitted of the charges.

The BBC reports the trade was discovered when a Turkish man collapsed after having one of his kidneys removed at the clinic.

The Medicus Clinic recruited poor people from across eastern Europe and central Asia, promising them 15,000 euro for their organs. Donors came from Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey.

Recipients paid between 80,000 - 100,000 euros to receive a transplant.