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Study On trafficking in organs, tissues and cells and trafficking in human beings

Study On trafficking in organs, tissues and cells and trafficking in human beings

Council of Europe/United Nations, 2009, 103 pages

The Study focuses on trafficking in organs, tissues and cells (OTC) for the purpose of transplantation. The starting point of the study is the prohibition of making financial gains with the human body or its parts.

The study finds that there are two types of trafficking in OTC; in the first case the "organs, tissues and cells" are trafficked while in the other case the "person him/herself" is trafficked for the specific purpose of removing his/her organs.  The study clearly emphasise the need to distinguish between "Trafficking in OTC" and "Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of organs" and propose that different solutions are required for preventing the two types of trafficking.