First Organ Trafficker Convicted In The U.S.
October 28, 2011 by staff
First Organ Trafficker Convicted In The U.S., An Israeli man living in Brooklyn pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of brokering a kidney as a black market business of organs. This is the first conviction human organ trafficking in the United States. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, confessed to three counts of procurement of human organs for transport and one count of conspiracy in Trenton, NJ Rosenbaum also admitted that three sick people paid a total of 410,000 and to organize illegal kidney transplants . He was captured in an undercover police operation by the FBI when an agent paid him 10,000.
Rosebaum lawyers, who lives in Borough Park section of Brooklyn, tried to paint him as an individual trying to help your neighbor in need.
“The transplant surgery took place in the prestigious American hospital and were performed by surgeons with experience and expertise in the kidneys,” said attorney Richard Finkel and Ronald Kleinberg said in a statement reported by the Associated Press. “The transplants were successful donors and recipients now live full and healthy … beneficiaries are no longer burdened by the medical and health hazards associated with major dialysis and kidney failure.”
Rosenbaum acknowledged that help donors and recipients to arrange a false story to deceive hospital officials in the belief that the donation is completely voluntary and not part of a monetary transaction.
“Rosenbaum admitted that he was new in the business of human kidney when he was captured brokering what he thought was a black market deal,” said U.S. attorney Paul Fishman, according to CalgaryHerald.com. “The black market in human organs is not only a serious threat to public health, book a treatment that saves lives of those who best you can afford at the expense of those who can not. We will not tolerate such an affront to human dignity. ”
Prosecutors say that between 2006 and 2009, Rosenbaum negotiated three kidney transplants. Recipients of organs paid between 120,000 and 150,000 and $.
Rosenbaum was also arrested in July 2009. The FBI had begun an offensive against money laundering and political corruption in New Jersey.
If convicted of the most recent crimes, Rosenbaum could serve five years on each count and ordered to pay a fine of 250,000 y. Rosenbaum agreed to forfeit their earnings and could be deported back to Israel. He is currently under house arrest and receive sentence in February.
The practice of buying and selling organs is illegal in almost every country in the world. However, the demand for kidneys has grown exponentially, with 4540 people dying U.S. last year, while for a transplant, according to United Network for Organ Sharing. There are not enough donors but voluntarily to meet demand and therefore the black market in organs has increased worldwide.
Art Caplan is the co-chairman of the United Nations work on the illegal trafficking of organs. Rosenbaum said he is guilty of one of the worst crimes a human being can commit.
“Internationally, about a quarter of the kidneys seem to be victims of trafficking,” said Caplan According to CBS News. “But until this case was not a crime recognized as coming to the United States.”
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