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January 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Prosecutors in the Ukraine have begun criminal proceedings against a local resident who organized the supply of human organ donors from the Ukraine to Costa Rica, as well as Ecuador and Sri Lanka.
Prosecutors allege that the suspect was locating and recruiting healthy young people with serious financial problems. The suspect would then organize their travel to Costa Rica and other countries, provide passports and other documents, and then pass the donors on to his accomplices in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Sri Lanka, who would have one of their kidneys removed.
Surgeries were performed in medical centers in Costa Rica, as well as Ecuador and Sri Lanka, for which donors received around $ 10,000 in cash.
The suspect managed to smuggle abroad six donors, receiving about $2,000 for each donor he supplied.
The suspected organ trafficker is currently in custody in the Ukraine. He is charged with human trafficking and faces imprisonment for a term from five to twelve years, along with confiscation of property.
Inside Costa Rica has been unable to determine at which medical centers in Costa Rica the kidney removals occurred.