Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal - the HOTT project
Erasmus MC University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Netherlands
2012 – 2015 (36 months)
Co-beneficiaries and Partners
Lund University (ULUND), Sweden; Center for Bioethics (BCB), Bulgaria; Academic Society for the Research of Religions
(SACRI) Romania; EUROPOL; UNODC; University Clinic of Nephrology(USCM), Malta; Organs Watch, USA; Eurotransplant International Foundation (ET), Netherlands; European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT), Netherlands; Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Objectives and results
This objective of the project is to increase knowledge on the trafficking in human beings for the purposes of organ removal. WTO estimates that 5-10% of the transplants worldwide are undertaken will criminal purposes. UNTOC Convention, the WTO Guiding Principles (2008), the CoE Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings and the Biomedicine Convention (1997) prohibits organ trafficking.
Research work and awareness raising initiatives are planned to achieve the main objective of the project. Medical expertise with concrete case study should be shared with law enforcement knowledge. An informal network of transplant doctors, prosecutors and police officers, NGOs and international organisations should be further developed.
A set of indicators to identify and measure crime and practical recommendations to improve the non-legislative action should be prepared at the end of the project. These recommendations should include guidelines for medical staff to deal with the risk of organs removal and trafficking.
Ms Ambagtsheer Frederike, Researcher and Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: The HOTT project