Ireland has joined the fight against human organ trafficking

Ireland has become the 16th European country to sign up to the Council of Europe convention against trafficking in human organs.

Organ trafficking is often linked to organised crime and usually involves wealthy recipients travelling to mainly developing countries where people sell their organs.

In 2012, more than 68,000 people were waiting for a kidney transplant in Europe.

The World Health Organisation estimates that some 10,000 black market transplants are carried out every year.


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