In this podcast, Dan Holtgen outlines the Council of Europe’s appeal to governments to take firm action against organ trafficking.
“There is a connection with organised crime and transplant tourism,” says the Director of Communication, in an interview with the BBC World Service. “Mafia-like structures and networks take advantage of donors in poor countries and this is certainly an issue that Europe has to deal with.”
According to the World Health organisation, some 10,000 illegal organ transplants are carried out every year, which nets criminal gangs as much as $1.2 billion.
Some 14 member states are set to sign the Council of Europe’s Convention Against the Trafficking of Human Organs later today.
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