Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal and the Ethical and Legal Obligations of Healthcare Providers: New Recommendations

Despite international efforts to curb and to elucidate the illegal organ trade, the buying and selling of organs continues, involving patients travelling to countries throughout the world. It has been estimated that approximately 10% of all transplants may occur illegally.

 A team of international researchers, Co-Chaired by Timothy Caulfield of the CNTRP and the University of Alberta, recently released recommendations to improve the response to trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal and the ethical and legal obligations of healthcare providers

Physicians are well placed to play a role in the mitigation of the illegal organ trade, including trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal. They have unique access to patient information and are in a position to provide patients with critical information about the nature of the illegal trade.

DOWNLOAD the full set of recommendations.  We strongly encourage you to share these recommendations with your colleagues and relevant health professional bodies to help address this important and pressing issue.

Learn more about the HOTT Project that is combating trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal.  www.hottproject.com

Citation:

Caulfield T, Duijst W, Bos M, Chassis I, Codreanu I, Cronin A, Danovitch G, Gill J, Ivanovski N, Shin M, Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal and the ethical and legal obligations of healthcare providers: recommendations. Online at http://www.hottproject.com (August 2015).

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