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Romania busts Israeli human egg-trafficking ring

Published on Feb 19, 2013 11:06 PM

BUCHAREST (AFP) - Romanian police on Tuesday busted a human egg-trafficking ring involving Israeli specialists in assisted reproduction, just months after several Israeli doctors were sentenced in a similar case.

Police and prosecutors said the network consisted of 11 people, including Israeli doctors and Romanian managers of a Bucharest clinic, but declined to say how many people were detained as the searches were ongoing.

According to police, the suspects recruited Romanian women - mostly impoverished students - and paid them 600 euros (S$993) to 800 euros for their eggs.

They then sold them for up to 4,000 euros to Israeli couples seeking assisted fertilisation.

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