Six Kosovar doctors face charges of illegal organ trafficking

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7290

Re: Six Kosovar doctors face charges of illegal organ trafficking

Dear Editors,

Buying and selling human organs is a serious crime.

Forcing poor immigrant women, often slaves, to become organ donors with extortions, is an even worse crime.

IVF centres and Pregnancy clinics in Greece have been doing just that, for several years, due to absent or inefficient controls from Greek Government Healthcare Authorities.

In recorded European History, such extensive and organised human organ trafficking was present only in war-time Bosnia/Kosovo!

European women who plan to use IVF centres in Greece, through various Medical Tourism offices, must have in mind that donated ova could be a result of extorted human organ trafficking.


Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is an active voluntary member of a non-profit organization that fights for women's rights.

28 April 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece
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