In the News

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on September 20, 2010

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager

Greek police have broken up an egg harvesting ring that was harvesting eggs from immigrant women for Greek women seeking IVF.

Most of the women alleged to have been exploited by the gang had been brought to Greece, ostensibly for legitimate jobs, before being sold into prostitution and then being forced to agree to the removal of their eggs.

A clinic in Cyprus has been shut down for purchasing eggs from women. The law there states that donors may be compensated for expenses, but eggs cannot be sold. Now people who have embryos at the clinic are seeking to get them back. Apparently the the police siezed the embryos when the clinic was shut down for suspicsion of human egg trafficking in May.

A hospital chain has been charged with trafficking in human organs for years.

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