Egyptian Prostitutes lure migrants into selling their organs
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Financially desperate undocumented African migrants in Cairo have turned to selling their organs to pimps and Egypt's underground organ trade.
Illegal migrants are coerced to sell their organs in exchange for money or sex.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Yahoo! News reported prostitutes have been used to tempt migrants to sell a kidney in exchange for a night of pleasure.
The British Journal of Criminology reported One pimp "used the services of sex workers as leverage when negotiating fees with both sellers and buyers. A night with a sex worker was offered as an extra inducement to sell."
Like in most countries, the purchase or selling of organs is illegal. Unfortunately, the organ black markets in Egypt, Pakistan, Russia and India are popular destinations for transplants.
Reuters reported the vague laws concerning transplants in Egypt.
Purchasing a kidney is illegal but paying for a transplant is entirely within the realm of legality.
Migrants sell kidneys in exchange for a night with a prostitute or money.
Sean Columb, a law lecturer at Liverpool University, spoke to brokers and donors to better understand the situation.
Columb discovered the illegal removal of organs rarely gets reported because "there is no legal duty to report this" and "The doctors don't want to know anything. They take the money without question."
The Times reported people smuggler Nouredin Atta shared, "The Egyptians come equipped to remove the organ and transport it in insulated bags."
In fact, one donor shared how she refused to donate an organ but the brokers began to threaten her and said: "It was too late for her to reconsider, as the health checks and surgery had already been paid for," then added they would come for her kidney whether she wanted to donate or not.
Unfortunately, if no one reports the incident or threats, authorities are unable to respond.
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