Wouldbe donors reveal details of organ trafficking ring linking Costa Rica and

first_imgA pair of Costa Ricans said they traveled to Tel Aviv to sell one of their left kidneys for $20,000 to an Israeli business, according to Spanish news outlet El País.The two Costa Ricans, from the province of Cartago, were originally detained at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel’s capital, in March 2013, and El País published their information on Monday.The couple could not convince Israeli authorities that they had a legitimate reason to enter the country and were detained.Between June and October of 2013, Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) arrested four doctors, one police officer, and a pizzeria owner allegedly involved in the trafficking ring. Three of the doctors were arrested at the Calderón Guardia Hospital in central San José, and accused of using the nearby, and now closed, Pizzeria Akropolis to recruit organ donors.According to the testimony of the would-be donor apprehended in Israel, the operation there was organized by a Costa Rican doctor named Francisco José Mora Palma.“He warned us not to comment about anything discussed, the extraction of the kidney nor the supposed pay there would be,” the alleged donor said, according to testimony obtained by El País.The would-be donor said Mora performed blood tests on her and paid for both Costa Ricans to fly to Israel. However, he provided them with no contacts, travel expenses or a place to stay in the country, leading Israeli authorities to be suspicious on their arrival.Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office said at least 20 donors were lured in by the ring, due to their difficult financial situations. They estimated traffickers could sell the organs for as much as $100,000.Selling an organ is illegal in Costa Rica. Living organ donations are legal but only without monetary or other compensation, nor under duress. The Prosecutor’s Office said that the traffic of persons for the purpose of organ harvesting is punishable in Costa Rica with up to 10 years in prison under Article 172 of the Penal Code.According to the Costa Rican daily La Nación, Mora served six months preventive detention and was released on bail. The other three doctors, the daily reported, “were investigated but not jailed.” They returned to work at the hospital last November, La Nación reported. The pizzeria owner also was released.El País reported that the ring was originally based in Israel, but had moved to Costa Rica due to the country’s high number of medical tourists. Facebook Comments Related posts:Alleged organ traffickers in Costa Rica could soon face trial Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UN Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel Leaked bank files show HSBC ‘helped clients dodge taxes’last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLaunching on 13 February 2016, the Live Your Dream in 2016 sale features a range of special deals across the Travelmarvel portfolio for 2016 departures. From river cruises to rail journeys, land tours and ocean cruising, there’s a travel format to suit all.Exclusive offers include the opportunity to enjoy free return international flights along with free cabin upgrades across a selection of Travelmarvel’s most popular European and Mekong river cruises.This offer applies to a range of dates between April and December on the 15-day European Gems river cruise, with prices starting from just $5,995 per person, twin share – a saving of $700 per person.Other destinations on sale include China, India, Canada & Alaska, South America, Africa, New Zealand and Tasmania.Commenting on the new campaign, Travelmarvel General Manager David Cox said, “We want to help agents convert last minute bookings for this year and so we’ve put together a portfolio of exciting offers on cruises and tours where we still have some limited availability. There is still time for Aussies to get out there and enjoy their dream holiday this year. Our goal with this campaign is to work with our travel industry partners to highlight what’s still on offer”.The ‘Live Your Dream in 2016’ sale runs from 13 February until 8 April 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more