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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Black market body-part ring ignored by media

Q. When is a news story about an international ring that removes kidneys from children and selling them on the black market not newsworthy?

A. When the ring is run by Arabs!

From the Yemen Observer:
The Egyptian authorities arrested members of an international gang accused of trading human body parts. The gang was captured by Egyptian authorities in collaboration with the Yemeni community in Egypt. The gang is accused of seducing ten Yemeni children to Cairo where their kidneys were removed in a hospital to be transplanted to patients in the hospital or be exported to other countries.

The gang is composed of 5 members headed by a Jordanian citizen named Fawaz Yosuf. The other four members of the gang are 3 Palestinians and a Yemeni national.

The gang was discovered when a Yemeni family living in Egypt informed the head of the Yemeni community there that their son was seduced by some people who took him to a private hospital and removed his kidney in return for US $5000.

However al-Gahmi affirmed that the arrested gang had links with an international criminal network that works in trading human body parts in Arab countries and in other foreign countries.
Bernama.com adds:
The ring had already kidnapped ten Yemeni children and brought them to Cairo, he noted, but did not say whether the children had their organs removed.
And those are pretty much the only news stories about this crime to be found.