SBU Uncovers Organ Trafficking Ring in Ukraine

Translated by Ollie Richardson


The press center of SBU reported that the Security Service of Ukraine detained the participants of a transnational group that specialized in the trade of organ trafficking in Kiev. Six participants of the group were detained, and they are threatened by imprisonment for a period of 8 to 15 years with confiscation of property.

“Security Service of Ukraine employees, together with the police, under the procedural leadership of the prosecutor’s office of the Kiev region detained participants of a transnational group that specialized in the trade of organ trafficking,” it is said in the message.

SBU employees established that the malefactors from Ukraine and several other countries searched for citizens in need and suggested to them to sell a kidney. According to the SBU, to cover the illegal business, the organizers created a commercial structure that allegedly provided tourism medical services. Businessmen paid donors from $13,000 to $15,000, and the former received from $80,000 to $100,000 from the client.

After receiving consent from the donors, the malefactors transported them abroad for the carrying out of surgery. According to the secret service, 4-5 Ukrainians went abroad for operations per month.

Trading their compatriots entirely or in parts is a traditional business for citizens of Ukraine. At the end of last year police officers detained in the north of Moscow two citizens of Ukraine on suspicion of human trafficking.

In December, 2016, in Ukraine, thanks to cooperation with the Russian special services, a whole network of human traffickers who hired drug dealers for delivery of lethal potions to Russia was revealed. The organized criminal group included both recruiters directly in the territory of Ukraine, and natives from the western and central regions of Ukraine, who already carried out distributive functions in the territory of the Russian Federation.

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