Organ traffickers are targeting refugees in Egypt, warns charity

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 20 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8254
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The ongoing political turmoil in Egypt has allowed organ traffickers to continue to prey on Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers, concludes a new report by the US based charity the Coalition for Organ Failure Solutions.

Abuses include removing kidneys “by inducing consent, coercion, or outright theft.” In some cases sex trafficking was associated with incidents of organ removal. “Many of the victims came to Egypt seeking refuge from the genocide and armed conflict in their homeland,” says the report.

The coalition identified 57 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt who said they were victims of organ trafficking. Each case involved the removal of a kidney. It …

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