An investigation by Al Jazeera has implicated officials in Cairo’s Yemeni Embassy in an organ trafficking ring dating back to 2014. Recruiters are said to have flown impoverished Yemenis to Egypt, where they received around $5,000 in exchange for donating a kidney to a foreign recipient. Embassy officials allegedly provided illegal approval for transplants, which are only legal between members of the same family. Several Egyptian hospitals have also been tied to the scheme.
How many Yemenis were exploited? An anti-trafficking organization said it had recorded around 1,000 cases, but estimated there were tens of thousands more uncounted organ sales.
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