En israeler ble fredag arrestert i Ukraina sammen med 12 andre, mistenkt for å lede et nettverk for illegal handel med nyrer. Ukrainere fikk 10.000 dollar for nyrer som ble solgt til israelere som trenger transplantasjon.

According to the report, the network operated for over three years and recruited donors via the internet. Most of the donors were young women who agreed to sell a kidney for $10,000.

The organs were then allegedly transferred to Israelis in need of a kidney transplant, which cost over $200,000, said the head of the Ukrainian organization for combating human trafficking during a press conference following the arrests.

Ukrainian police estimated that the network made a gross sum of $40 million.

The facility in which the alleged operations for extracting the kidneys took place denied the allegations.

Report: Israeli suspected of running Ukraine organ trafficking ring