臓器売買の闇市場を支配するユダヤ人ネットワーク 米国ニューヨーク

登場する人物はニューヨークのユダヤ人指導者ばかりで、それ以外の民族が登場しない。うち2人はシリアのアレッポ出身のラビ。

外国の生きた人間から新鮮な臓器をかき集めてくるのだが、その重要な拠点はトルコと明記してある。なぜトルコかというと、アフガン、イラク、シリア等から難民が集まる場所だからだ。臓器を摘出したあとのその人たちは生きてるのか?なわけないでしょ。そのための戦争ですよ。戦争開始に合わせてシリア・トルコ国境付近で臓器だけ奪って道に遺体を捨てる事件が発生するようになった。

この活動を支えるため、ブルックリンのユダヤ人たちは「嘘の目的を掲げた慈善団体」を設営している。

これらユダヤ人は腎臓1つにつき2000ドルから1万ドルで買い付けている。インドで最低1000ドルというケースもあった。

そしてニューヨークの臓器移植で有名な病院に、16万~18万ドルで売りつけ、差額をポケットに入れる。

マネロン行為も行っている。

手術している外科医が全員ユダヤだとまでは言わないが、ユダヤが多いだろ。この全体の構造が「ユダヤの犯罪」でなくて誰の犯罪か?



大昔に連載した記事をWebry Biglobeがユダヤにとり都合の悪い記事だけを丁寧に選んで勝手に削除していたことに私は前から気付いていた。日本国憲法第21条に明記されている表現の自由をWebry運営責任者と親会社、出資社は何と心得ているのか。責任者出てこい!の世界である。

このたび暇ができたので再掲することにした。念を押しておくが、以下は私が勝手に妄想している作文ではなく、ニューヨーク警察が捜査し、現地紙が報じた記事ですから!

ほかにも、シリア戦で米国がやらかした恥ずかしいヘマに関する記事も、まとめて全て削除されている。私は気付いているぞ。



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Sweeping federal probe nabs crooked politicians & alleged black-market kidney peddler
By MATTHEW LYSIAK and CARRIE MELAGO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS |
Jul 24, 2009
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/sweeping-federal-probe-nabs-crooked-politicians-alleged-black-market-kidney-peddler-article-1.398289

A developer-turned-snitch brought down mayors, rabbis and dozens of others in a stunning probe of money laundering, bribery - and trafficking in black-market kidneys and fake Gucci bags.

Hundreds of federal agents on both sides of the Hudson River - in Brooklyn and Jersey - raided the homes of 44 suspects targeted in the two-year probe, collaring high-ranking politicians and trusted religious leaders.

A dozen at a time, defendants were walked in with wrist and ankle shackles for arraignment in federal court in Newark. Bail was set as high as $3 million.

Aside from the wide-ranging political ramifications of the arrests in Jersey - shocking even in the ethics-challenged Garden State - the takedowns of five rabbis left Jewish communities in Deal, N.J. and Brooklyn reeling.

Most of the Jewish leaders busted were accused of laundering the snitch's dirty money through their charities, which they also used to mask ill-gotten gains from the sale of fake Gucci and Prada bags.

The most outrageous arrest was that of Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, 58, of Brooklyn, who authorities say would buy kidneys from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, then turn around and sell them for $160,000.

"It is a shonda," said one Orthodox Jewish leader, using the Yiddish word for shame. "If the allegations are true, it is not the best day we ever had. ... The sordidness is an absolute disgrace."

The takedown can be traced back to one man, a confidential informant identified in published reports as developer Solomon Dwek, who was charged with defrauding a bank of millions in 2006.

Dwek apparently offered the feds to turn on rabbis - who stunningly still dealt with him even though it was well known in their community that he had been charged by the government.

Dwek told the targets he was in bankruptcy and interested in hiding his assets. He laundered $3 million since June 2007.

One of the launderers introduced Dwek to a Jersey City building inspector who, authorities say, took a $20,000 bribe and kicked off the public corruption portion of the probe.

Over and over, politicians and candidates solicited and accepted bribes to grease the wheels for Dwek, who claimed he needed building permits and other approvals, authorities said.

It was in the course of the money-laundering prong of the probe that the informant came across Rosenbaum, 58, who was purportedly in the real estate business but actually makes money trafficking kidneys, officials said.

For a decade, prosecutors said, Rosenbaum would buy kidneys from vulnerable people abroad - in Israel and elsewhere - for $10,000, then turn around and sell them for $160,000.

Dwek introduced Rosenbaum to an undercover agent posing as his secretary, who claimed her uncle needed a kidney transplant, according to the criminal complaint.

Starting in February 2008, the undercover spoke with Rosenbaum about setting up a transplant, which would involve a donor from Israel and take place at a hospital outside of the area.

"I'm doing this a long time," Rosenbaum assured an undercover agent, the complaint said. "I am what you call a matchmaker."

For months, he explained how her uncle's blood samples would be sent overseas to find a match, and how they would fabricate a story to throw off medical authorities.

Rosenbaum, who was arrested at his massive Borough Park, Brooklyn, home covered in security cameras, reminded the undercover to be discreet and repeatedly explained that the cost was so high because of the risks involved, court papers said.

He also asked for half of the money up front and repeatedly tried to meet the uncle, only to be told he had a medical setback.

Still, he bordered on arrogant at times in the complaint, saying he had a decade of experience in the field and had brokered "quite a lot" of transplants.

"I've never had a failure," he said.

Congregants at synagogues in Brooklyn and New Jersey were coming to grips with the allegations last night that their religious leaders "cloaked their extensive criminal activity behind a facade of rectitude," in the acting U.S. attorney's words.

Rabbi Saul Kassin - the son of Jacob Kassin, the onetime chief rabbi of the Syrian Sephardic community in Deal - allegedly laundered more than $200,000, stunning his community at Sharee Zion in Brooklyn.

"I couldn't believe it," said Itzik Kohen, 13, who is to have his bar mitzvah there in August. "It's going to affect the reputation of the shul. My family prays here every Sabbath."

Many worshipers stood by Kassin, including David Ben-Hooren, publisher of the Jewish Voice, who said, "I believe we will find out that these rabbis never broke the law and they will be vindicated."

Raids also went down at smaller "cash houses" run by associates of the rabbis throughout Brooklyn, such as a beeper store and a charity called Bnoth Jerusalem above a paint store in Williamsburg.

The feds say Mordchai Fish, a rabbi at Congregation Sheves Achim, and his brother, Lavel Schwartz, laundered nearly $600,000 for the informant, accepting his check and giving him cash after taking a 15% cut.

Fish's lawyer, Michael Bachner, said the informant "used his closeness and the sterling reputation of his family to manipulate my client, who trusted him."



Rogue kidney brokers resell organs from poorest nations on black market
By BRIAN KATES and WILLIAM SHERMAN
Daily News Staff Writers |
Jul 25, 2009
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/rogue-kidney-brokers-resell-organs-poorest-nations-black-market-article-1.403197

The international black market for kidneys — preying on the desperate and run by a shadowy network of greedy organ brokers — is flourishing, a Daily News probe found.

The arrest of a Brooklyn man Thursday on organ trafficking charges sheds a new spotlight on an underground business where wretchedly poor foreigners — particularly in India — are paid $2,000 to $10,000 for kidneys.

Those kidneys are ultimately sold for as much as $180,000 to transplant recipients who otherwise could die.

More than 80,000 Americans were waiting for kidney transplants as of last week, the United Network for Organ Sharing said.

The wait for a suitable legitimate donor is as long as three years, which drives many to the underground market, experts said.

Lungs for transplant are also available on the black market, but the vast majority of the organs in play are kidneys, they said.

The majority of the black market kidneys are transplanted in hospitals and clinics overseas, but some have been done in New York, apparently without the knowledge of hospital officials, medical ethicists and the leading expert in the black market say.

"In India, China, Africa and Latin America the poor are selling their kidneys to wealthy buyers through an underground set of networks," said Dr. Steven Post, professor of Bioethics at Stony Brook University.

Transplant recipients generally travel to those countries for their operations, he said.

"The donors make enough money to buy a house or put their kids through college and the doctors do the transplants overseas, in India for example, at perfectly legitimate hospitals, where nobody cares about the buying and selling of organs," he said.

A previous News investigation into organ trafficking disclosed that one link in the underground network was smuggling live donors into the United States from Moldovia, one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union.

The donors entered the United States — generally at Kennedy Airport — on false student or tourist visas and were whisked to hospitals, where their organs were removed and given to recipients, government sources said.

The man arrested Thursday — part of a massive FBI probe of money laundering and bribery that brought down 44 people, including prominent New Jersey politicians — is also accused of arranging for organ transplants inside the United States.

"The price with what we are asking here is $150,000," Levy Izhak Rosenbaum told an undercover federal agent, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.
Rosenbaum was referring to the base price for a black market kidney for the agent's fictitious uncle.

Rosenbaum told the undercover agent he has been an organ broker for 10 years and that his latest deal with a successful transplant in the United States had taken place two weeks earlier.

The cost, later upped to $160,000, would cover finding a suitable kidney donor in Israel, including blood samples to insure a match, payment to the donor, and travel expenses to get the donor to the U.S.

A down payment was made, but there were no discussions as to the hospital where the transplant would take place, and Rosenbaum was arrested before things went further.

Rosenbaum was a middleman in a "kidney mafia" that includes doctors in Israel, a worldwide network of organ hunters, and brokers who match patients and donors with doctors who do the transplants, said Nancy Schepper-Hughes, founder of Organ Watch, which investigates trafficking.

She said the network is headed by criminal businessmen — "think of them as the Madoffs of kidney scams" — who use money raised through bogus charities to pay doctors to perform the transplants.

Rosenbaum worked through doctors at a major medical center outside Tel Aviv, whose patients were given a choice of where to have the operation, said Schepper-Hughes, who said she has been investigating his operation for 10 years.

She said illicit transplants are relatively rare in the U.S. but that Rosenbaum "was the man to go to in New York."

One Israeli who received a kidney transplant through Rosenbaum described the rabbi to Schepper-Hughes as "very Orthodox but jolly and very off-color. He loved to tell dirty jokes."

She said the patient told her Rosenbaum was unable to arrange a transplant for him at a New York Hospital but set one up at a Philadelphia hospital.

Schepper-Hughes described the underground organ network as a pyramid with at least three countries involved in every transaction.

"The illegal enterprise is centered in Israel," she said. "Donors are found in poor countries like Moldovia, Romania, China, all over. Operations are conducted in several countries. For a long time the main place was Turkey."

For example, last year, in Gurgaon, India, local authorities said a ring of four doctors and five nurses working at three local hospitals had performed more than 400 kidney transplants over the previous nine years.

Impoverished donors were recruited for as little as $1,000 for a kidney, said Mohinder Lal, a Gurgaon cop investigating the racket.

Typically, brokers like Rosenbaum would deal with hospital transplant coordinators, usually nurses, who would make all the arrangements.

"Some of these coordinators I suspect are corrupt, others were simply trying to do good for desperate people," Schepper-Hughes said.



Brooklyn man accused of buying, selling kidneys
By DAVID PORTER and CARLA K. JOHNSON and The Associated Press
Jul 25, 2009 | NEWARK, N.J.
https://www.nydailynews.com/sdut-us-black-market-kidneys-072409-2009jul24-story.html

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn called himself a "matchmaker," but his business wasn't romance. Instead, authorities say, he brokered the sale of black-market kidneys, buying organs from vulnerable people from Israel for $10,000 and selling them to desperate patients in the U.S. for as much as $160,000.

The alleged decade-long scheme, exposed this week by an FBI sting, rocked the nation's transplant industry. If true, it would be the first documented case of organ trafficking in the U.S., transplant experts said Friday.

"There's certainly cross-national activity, but it hasn't touched the United States or we haven't known about it until now," said University of Pennsylvania medical ethicist Arthur Caplan, who is co-directing a U.N. task force on international organ trafficking.

Rosenbaum was arrested Thursday, 10 days after meeting in his basement with a government informant and an FBI agent posing as the informant's secretary. The agent claimed to be searching for a kidney for a sick uncle on dialysis who was on a transplant list at a Philadelphia hospital.

"I am what you call a matchmaker," Rosenbaum said in a secretly recorded conversation. "I bring a guy what I believe, he's suitable for your uncle." Asked how many organs he had brokered, he said: "Quite a lot," the most recent two weeks earlier.

As part of the scheme, the organ donors were brought from Israel to this country, where they underwent surgery to remove the kidneys, authorities said. Prosecutors did not identify which hospitals in the U.S. received the donors and their kidneys.

"The allegations about an organ trafficking ring in the United States are appalling," said John Davis, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation.

Israel Medical Association spokeswoman Orna Cohen said the organization had no reports there of Israelis selling organs. "If it's true, then it's shocking," she said.

Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for Israel's national police force, said Israeli police were not involved in the investigation, and he would not comment further.

Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.

But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, an anthropology professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of an upcoming book on human organ trafficking, said that she has been tracking the Brooklyn-connected ring for 10 years and that her contacts in Israel have called Rosenbaum "the top man" in the United States.

Scheper-Hughes said she was told Rosenbaum carried a gun, and when a potential organ seller would get cold feet, Rosenbaum would use his finger to simulate firing a gun at the person's head.

Scheper-Hughes said she was also told that some of the kidney transplants using sellers procured by Rosenbaum were performed at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

The hospital said it is aware Rosenbaum has been charged but that its transplant screening process is rigorous and that it assesses each donor's motivation.

"All donors are clearly advised that it is against the law to receive money or gifts for being an organ donor," spokeswoman Brenda Perez wrote in an e-mail. "... The pre-transplant evaluation may not detect premeditated and skillful attempts to subvert and defraud the evaluation process."

Rosenbaum was arrested in a sweeping federal case that began as an investigation into money laundering and trafficking in kidneys and fake designer bags. It mushroomed into a political corruption probe, culminating in the arrests this week of 44 people, including three New Jersey mayors, various other officials, and five rabbis. The politicians and rabbis were not accused of involvement in the organ trafficking.

Rosenbaum, 58, is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, where he told neighbors he was in the construction business.

For someone who was not a surgeon, Rosenbaum seemed in his recorded conversations to have a thorough knowledge of the ins and outs of kidney donations, including how to fool hospitals into believing the donor was acting solely out of compassion for a friend or loved one.

He was recorded saying that money had to be spread around liberally, to Israeli doctors, visa preparers and those who cared for the organ donors in this country. "One of the reasons it's so expensive is because you have to shmear (pay others) all the time," he was quoted as saying.

"So far, I've never had a failure," he bragged on tape. "I'm doing this a long time."

At a 2008 meeting with the undercover agent, Rosenbaum claimed he had an associate who worked for an insurance company in Brooklyn who could take the recipient's blood samples, store them on dry ice and send them to Israel, where they would be tested to see if they matched the prospective donor, authorities said.

Four checks totaling $10,000, a down payment on the fictitious uncle's new kidney, were deposited in the bank account of a charity in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

An after-hours phone call to Rosenbaum's lawyer, Ronald Kleinberg, was not immediately returned Friday.

Dr. Francis Delmonico, a Harvard professor, transplant surgeon and board member of the National Kidney Foundation's Board of Directors, said similar trafficking is going on elsewhere around the world. He said an estimated 10 percent of kidney transplants – 5,000 to 6,000 each year – are done illegally. Hot spots are Pakistan, the Philippines and China, where it is believed organs are obtained from executed prisoners, he said.

Caplan, the University of Pennsylvania ethicist, said he expects the U.N. task force to make recommendations in October that would hold hospitals worldwide accountable for establishing the origins of each organ they transplant and whether it was freely donated without compensation.

"There is a black market, almost exclusively in kidneys," Caplan said. "All international medical groups and governments ought to condemn any marketing in body parts. It's simply too exploitative of the poor and vulnerable. The quality of the organs is questionable. People lie to get the money. The middle men are irresponsible and often criminals. They don't care about the people who sell."

Scheper-Hughes said her research has uncovered hundreds of cases of illegal organ transactions brokered by and for Israelis in Israel, South Africa, Turkey and other countries, with sellers recruited from poor communities in Moldova, Brazil and elsewhere.

In 2003 and 2004, 17 people were arrested in Brazil and South Africa on suspicion of participating in an international human organ trafficking organization. Investigators said Brazilians who passed a medical checkup were flown to South Africa, where their kidneys were extracted.

A few transplant surgeons support changing the law to allow a system of regulated compensation to increase the pool of donor kidneys.

Arthur Matas, a transplant surgeon who directs the kidney transplant service at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said donors could be compensated with some combination of lifetime access to medical care, life insurance, a tax credit, help with college and a small direct payment.

"It would minimize the extraordinary black market and exploitation of impoverished people internationally," Matas said.

Martin Weinfeld, who lives around the corner from Rosenbaum in Brooklyn, said the allegations bring shame on the community.

"It puts a bad name on good people," he said. "Religion is supposed to be about God, helping others, not about the cash."

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Johnson reported from Chicago. Associated Press Writer Colleen Long in Brooklyn, N.Y., contributed to this story.



Brooklyn black-market kidney broker pleads guilty to selling Israeli organs to desperate Americans
By TRACY CONNOR
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER |
Oct 27, 2011
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/brooklyn-black-market-kidney-broker-pleads-guilty-selling-israeli-organs-desperate-americans-article-1.968040

A Brooklyn man became the first person in the U.S. convicted of organ-trafficking when he pleaded guilty Thursday to selling black-market kidneys at a huge markup.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, admitted to brokering just three transplants, but he boasted on tape that he actually handled "quite a lot" during the decade-long scheme.

His lawyers portrayed him as an altruistic middleman who helped save lives.

And in Trenton federal court, Rosenbaum described one case like this: "The son told me the father has kidney failure ... I helped him."

Prosecutors charged he was a profiteer who paid vulnerable Israelis as little as $10,000 to give up a kidney and charged desperate Americans $120,000 and up for the organs.

"A black market in human organs is not only a grave threat to public health, it reserves lifesaving treatment for those who can best afford it at the expense of those who cannot," said New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

"We will not tolerate such an affront to human dignity."

Rosenbaum faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 2. He also agreed to forfeit $420,000 he got in connection with the three transplants.

In court, he admitted he created cover stories for each case, inventing fictitious relationships between donors and recipients so doctors wouldn't know a kidney was being sold.

His lawyers noted that the surgeries took place in "prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced and expert" surgeons.

"The transplants were successful and the donors and recipients are now leading full and healthy lives," they said in a statement.

They claimed the money Rosenbaum got went to pay expenses and that the recipients would have died if they didn't get the illegal kidneys.

Rosenbaum, who owns millions of dollars worth of real estate, was arrested two years ago during a massive probe of New Jersey corruption that took down politicians and rabbis.

An FBI informant posed as a businessman looking for a new kidney for a sick uncle, and Rosenbaum fell for the ruse.

"I am what you call a matchmaker," he told the snitch. "I've never had a failure."

The case shone a light on the ghoulish world of organ-trafficking, which has been illegal since 1984, and ignited debate on whether it should be legalized.



Lawyers: Kidney broker's service was life-saving
By SAMANTHA HENRY and DAVID PORTER and Associated Press
Oct 27, 2011
| TRENTON, N.J.
https://www.nydailynews.com/sdut-lawyers-kidney-brokers-service-was-life-saving-2011oct27-story.html?outputType=amp

Lawyers for a New York man who pleaded guilty Thursday in the first ever federal conviction for illegal organ trafficking say their client performed life-saving services for severely ill people.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitted in a Trenton federal court to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for brokering an illegal kidney sale.

Attorneys Ronald Kleinberg and Richard Finkel say Rosenbaum never solicited clients but agreed to help desperately ill people by finding them kidney donors.

The lawyers claim the surgeries occurred in prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced transplant experts. They did not name the hospitals.

They say the recipients are leading healthy lives thanks to Rosenbaum.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to brokering the sale of black-market organs in what prosecutors said was the first ever federal conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to broker an illegal kidney sale.

Each of the four counts carries a maximum five-year prison sentence plus a fine of up to $250,000. Rosenbaum also agreed to forfeit $420,000 in real or personal property that was derived from the illegal kidney sales.

Prosecutors say Rosenbaum would buy organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000 and sell them to desperate patients.

Rosenbaum, 60, of Brooklyn, was arrested in July 2009 in New Jersey's largest ever corruption sting. Though he was one of more than 40 people arrested, including politicians and rabbis in New Jersey and Brooklyn, and was not a rabbi himself, the image of rabbis illegally selling kidneys garnered international headlines and made its way into the routines of late-night comedians for weeks afterward.

Rosenbaum was arrested after he tried to set up a kidney sale to a man posing as a crooked businessman but who actually was government informant Solomon Dwek, a disgraced real estate speculator facing prison time for a $50 million bank fraud.

Dwek brought Rosenbaum an undercover FBI agent posing as his secretary, who claimed to be searching for a kidney for a sick uncle on dialysis who was on a transplant list at a Philadelphia hospital.

"I am what you call a matchmaker," Rosenbaum said in a secretly recorded conversation. "I bring a guy what (who) I believe, he's suitable for your uncle."

Asked how many organs he had brokered, he said: "Quite a lot," the most recent two weeks earlier.

Prosecutors said as part of the scheme, the organ donors were brought from Israel to the U.S., where they underwent surgery to remove the kidneys. They did not identify which hospitals in the U.S. received the donors and their kidneys.

Art Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-chairman of a United Nations task force on organ trafficking said that internationally, about one-quarter of all kidneys appear to be trafficked, but Rosenbaum's case was the first proven instance of illegal organ trafficking in the United States.

"What this man has pleaded guilty to is one of the most ethically heinous and despicable things you can do to another person," Caplan said. "Moving desperately poor people under false pretentions from one country to another, and treating them as portable organ farms that you mine for the rich, not only compromises their health, it degrades their basic human dignity."

Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.

But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.



Demand for kidneys worldwide sparks dramatic rise in illegal organ sales: report
By Erik Ortiz
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
May 29, 2012
https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/demand-kidneys-worldwide-sparks-dramatic-rise-illegal-organ-sales-report-article-1.1085925

Demand for kidneys has increased so dramatically worldwide — particularly in impoverished countries — that world health officials worry a black market of organs for cash is flourishing.

An estimated 10,000 illegal organ operations take place every year — or more than one an hour, according to World Health Organization statistics.

Traffickers and the surgeons they conspire with are making out like bandits, reports state, earning a lucrative return with every operation.

"It's ever growing, it's a constant struggle," said Dr. Luc Noel, a WHO official who monitors the transplant trade. "The stakes are so big, the profit that can be made so huge, that the temptation is out there."

The Guardian reported Sunday that ill patients might pay as much as $200,000 for a kidney, travelling to countries such as China, India and Pakistan, where destitute donors are willing to have a kidney removed for as little as $5,000.

Noel said kidneys make up 75% of the illegal organ trade, booming because of growing diabetes and high blood pressure rates throughout the world, according to The Guardian.

The demand means some organ brokers aren't shy about soliciting business: The Guardian found an advertisement on China's popular Twitter-like website, Weibo, with the slogan, "Donate a kidney, buy the new iPad!" The broker was offering nearly $4,000 for an operation done within 10 days.

Meanwhile, sellers appear just as desperate. BBC News reported last year how a 17-year-old in China sold his kidney for $3,392 to buy an iPad 2 and a laptop.

Selling organs is illegal in China, and the government has tried to curb trafficking by instituting a voluntary donor program a few years ago, BBC News said.

The U.S. government made it illegal to sell or buy organs in 1984.

Last year, a Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to brokering three illegal kidney transplants worth a total $420,000. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum bought the organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, federal prosecutors said.

Rosenbaum, 60, could be sentenced Thursday in federal court and faces a five-year prison sentence per count and a fine of up to $250,000, according to reports.

He was the first person ever successfully convicted for illegal organ trafficking in the United States.



Demand for kidneys sparks rise in illegal organ sales
BY Erik Ortiz
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 9:58 AM
https://www.nydailynews.com/demand-kidneys-worldwide-sparks-dramatic-rise-illegal-organ-sales-report-article-1.1085925

Demand for kidneys has increased so dramatically worldwide — particularly in impoverished countries — that world health officials worry a black market of organs for cash is flourishing.

An estimated 10,000 illegal organ operations take place every year — or more than one an hour, according to World Health Organization statistics.

Traffickers and the surgeons they conspire with are making out like bandits, reports state, earning a lucrative return with every operation.

“It’s ever growing, it’s a constant struggle,” said Dr. Luc Noel, a WHO official who monitors the transplant trade. “The stakes are so big, the profit that can be made so huge, that the temptation is out there.”

The Guardian reported Sunday that ill patients might pay as much as $200,000 for a kidney, travelling to countries such as China, India and Pakistan, where destitute donors are willing to have a kidney removed for as little as $5,000.

Noel said kidneys make up 75% of the illegal organ trade, booming because of growing diabetes and high blood pressure rates throughout the world, according to The Guardian.

The demand means some organ brokers aren’t shy about soliciting business: The Guardian found an advertisement on China’s popular Twitter-like website, Weibo, with the slogan, “Donate a kidney, buy the new iPad!” The broker was offering nearly $4,000 for an operation done within 10 days.

Meanwhile, sellers appear just as desperate. BBC News reported last year how a 17-year-old in China sold his kidney for $3,392 to buy an iPad 2 and a laptop.

Selling organs is illegal in China, and the government has tried to curb trafficking by instituting a voluntary donor program a few years ago, BBC News said.

The U.S. government made it illegal to sell or buy organs in 1984.

Last year, a Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to brokering three illegal kidney transplants worth a total $420,000. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum bought the organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, federal prosecutors said.

Rosenbaum, 60, could be sentenced Thursday in federal court and faces a five-year prison sentence per count and a fine of up to $250,000, according to reports.

He was the first person ever successfully convicted for illegal organ trafficking in the United States.

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