Arrests in South Korea for Illegal Organ Trade

in Transnational Crime

The number of people who have been arrested for organ trafficking in South Korea decreased over 4 years.

  • 71 people were arrested in 2007.
  • 18 people were arrested in 2008.
  • 9 people were arrested in 2009.
  • 3 people were arrested in 2010.

In the first six months of 2011, police arrested 1 person on charges of organ trafficking.

Despite the decreasing number of arrests, South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 357 reports of messages for potential organ sales on the Internet in the first 6 months of 2011, higher then the total 174 messages for organs found in 2010.

Source: Kim Tae-jong, “Organ trafficking increasing,” Korea Times, September 16, 2011.

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