9 arrested for organ trafficking at Cambodian hospital

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PHNOM PENH – Chuon Sovan, Cambodian Police , said on Monday in Phnom Penh, that nine hospital workers were arrested on suspicion of running an organ-trafficking ring.

He said both director and deputy director of the military Preah Ket Mealea Hospital in Phnom Penh were arrested, along with a Chinese and several people described as Chinese-Vietnamese nationals.

They were accused of committing and assisting “human trafficking with intent,”he said.

Sovan said investigation revealed that three to five people had kidneys removed at the hospital last year. [eap_ad_1] He said each kidney was believed to have been sold for about 40,000 dollars to Chinese buyers, with the donors receiving 5,000 dollars each.

“The hospital director was questioned along with the others,”he said.

He said police recently arrested a Cambodian woman who had allegedly acted as an intermediary between Cambodian organ donors and wealthy Cambodian patients in Thai hospitals.

Trafficking in human organs is punishable by seven to 15 years in in Cambodia. (dpa/NAN)