The ring allegedly ran an extensive trafficking network that preyed on vulnerable poor people (who appear to have been predominantly females) who sold their own organs out of desperation – and frequently only after being coerced and threatened by the ring’s leaders to do so.
Israel Busts Mob-Connected Organ Trafficking Ring
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Five Israeli men were indicted yesterday for organ trafficking, Ha’aretz reported.
The five allegedly ran an extensive trafficking network from southern Israel that preyed on vulnerable poor people (who appear to have been predominantly females) who sold their own organs out of desperation – and frequently only after being coerced and threatened by the ring’s leaders to do so.
Israel Police reportedly began the investigation when a couple from Be’er Sheva found out that their daughter had flown to Turkey to have a kidney removed for the trafficking ring. The parents filed a police complaint against the traffickers, police began investigating and found out that the ring’s top leader had already fled Israel.
The network was reportedly well organized. It found donors by placing ads in newspapers and by word of mouth. It also forged official government papers and stamps and flew the donors to Turkey to have their organ surgically removed, making sure the donors were unable to contact anyone while in Turkey.
If donors changed their minds, the ring threatened them and their families.
“If you go back to Israel without donating, we’ll wait for you with a gun with a bullet in the chamber” and “I’ll wipe you out and your whole family,” Shlomi Biton, who allegedly acted as the ring’s enforcer, reportedly threatened reluctant donors.
Kobi Dayan and Uzi Shmueli are reportedly named as the as the ring’s leaders in the indictment. They allegedly found the donors and the buyers, made arrangements with overseas hospitals, issued orders to other ring members, and kept most of the profits.
Daniel Pe’er allegedly accompanied donors and recipients to the Turkish hospital where the surgeries took place.
Dr. Michael Ziss allegedly did the necessary compatibility tests to match donors and recipients.
Organ donors received approximately 60,000 shekels ($17,100). The organ recipients reportedly paid an average 800,000 shekels (more than $226,000).
Some of the arrested men reportedly have police records. They also reportedly admitted they were involved in organ trafficking for about ten years and reportedly said they were a part of an organized crime organization.
Police have reportedly located 10 buyers and sellers. Many more are believed to be afraid to come forward because they fear they will be harmed.
Even so, police still believe they will find more donors and recipients.
“The investigation is still underway and we will probably reach other individuals involved in the coming days,” Brigadier General Peretz Amar, commander of the Negev district police in southern Israel, reportedly said.