Rabat - Spanish police say they have arrested five people for attempting to buy a kidney from a Moroccan immigrant for 6,000 Euros, AFP reported.
Rabat – Spanish police say they have arrested five people for attempting to buy a kidney from a Moroccan immigrant for 6,000 Euros, AFP reported.
A Serb gang, accused of burglaries in Spain and Germany, had persuaded an undocumented middle-aged Moroccan immigrant to donate his kidney.
A police statement said the Moroccan immigrant tried to pull out of the deal while he was undergoing clinical tests but the gang kidnapped him and threatened to put an end to his life if he did not go through with the operation.
The statement added the alleged person wanting to buy the organ was the leader of a criminal gang specialized in robberies, whose son suffers from kidney disease.
Spanish police arrested the gang boss and his son and three other people for the alleged kidney-trafficking deal.
The Spanish National Transplant Organization alerted police to the case.
The gang was dismantled with the help of Belgian and German police over the past two years. They are also accused of recruiting children to break into rich people’s homes and steal valuables.
Fourteen European nations signed an international treaty to fight human organ trafficking in Spain in March.
The World Health Organization estimates some 10,000 black market transplants are carried out worldwide every year. The business generates 1.2 billion dollars in illegal profits worldwide every year, according to the Council of Europe.