RUSI JournalVolume 158Issue 5members only

Organ Transplantation and Transnational Organised Crime


Modern society – especially in developed countries – has seen a steady rise in demand for organs, opening a profitable if unlikely new market for organised-crime groups

Advancement in medical knowledge and lifestyle changes in contemporary society have led to an increasing demand for organs for transplantations, which supply cannot meet. This creates a new space for criminal activity in the illicit procurement and transplantation of human organs. Frank G Madsen surveys the many – ultimately unsuccessful – attempts to address the criminal trade in organs, and shows how current international and municipal legal frameworks fall short o

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