Romania's organized crime unit has broken up a human egg cell trafficking ring which provided illegally obtained eggs for Israeli citizens travelling to a clinic in Bucharest for artificial insemination.
The Med New Life clinic in Bucharest is at the center of a human egg cell trafficking ring which primarily benefited Israeli citizens. Balkan Insight reported Romanian police said 11 suspects are allegedly involved, including an Israeli doctor.
The clinic allegedly illegally harvested eggs from young Romanian women approached by staff from the clinic, to sell their eggs for around €140. The eggs were then sold to couples requiring in-vitro fertilisation for between €3,000 to €4,000, amassing a vast profit for those involved.
Romania Insider reported medical ethics forbids the sale of human eggs. Additionally the crime was compounded as eggs taken from one women would be sold to several couples.