British authorities say they have rescued a boy who was the target of a disturbing international organ harvesting plot.
A man and a woman have been charged with conspiracy over a scheme to bring the boy to the UK to harvest his organs, London’s Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday. Details about the boy’s age and gender were not immediately available.
Nigerian nationals Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, will stand trial for conspiracy to arrange or facilitate someone else’s travel “for the purpose of exploitation, meaning organ harvesting,” police said. it’s a statement. Both defendants are due to appear in court in west London on Thursday.
The horrific allegations come after an investigation by Scotland Yard’s specialist crime team, which deals with serious crime in the English capital. Police launched their investigation last month, leading to the duo’s arrest after police were alerted to possible crimes committed under modern slavery law.
The boy, who has not been identified, has been “safeguarded”, the Met said, adding that the force was “working closely with partners on continued support”. British court rules mean police cannot release further details while criminal proceedings are ongoing.
Forced organ harvesting, in which organs are surgically removed from a victim against their will, has been addressed by recent legislation in the UK. buy an organ, a practice known as “organ tourism.” While the sale and trafficking of organs in the UK were already banned, the new rules came amid worrying reports of a booming organ trade around the world in recent years.
In London’s Chinatown, a years-long protest has been staged against alleged forced organ harvesting from political prisoners in China. The practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners is legal in China, but an article published in the American Journal of Transplantation in April he claimed to have found 71 cases in which prisoners were operated on while still alive.
And sadly, because human organs are such a valuable commodity, some people even consider willingly selling their own organs when conditions are desperate enough. Just this week, a hospital in Kenya had to issue a public statement telling people to stop asking staff how much they could get for their kidneys. And in Afghanistan, where a devastating combination of widespread famine and international sanctions has brought millions of people to the brink of starvation, dire reports emerged in early 2022 of people selling kidneys for as little as $1,500 to feed their families.