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Nigerians warned against organ traffickers

UN migration agency says people being offered 'too good to be true' deals could fall victim to cartels selling human organs

Rafiu Oriyomi Ajakaye   | 08.04.2019
Nigerians warned against organ traffickers

LAGOS Nigeria  

The UN migration agency is warning Nigerians to steer clear of people who offer them jobs and free travel to the Mideast, saying they could be human organ traffickers.

Ikechukwu Attah, country officer of the International Migration Organization (IOM), said on Monday that many people have gone missing, amid suspicions they may have been killed.

"Beware of fake foreign agencies that promise work abroad. They process your papers, pay for your tickets and then take you abroad in pretense that they want to get you a job there,” said a statement.

“Instead, they end up killing their victims and harvesting all the valuable body parts. The body parts’ black market business is booming in Middle East.

“One kidney now costs $262,000, a heart costs $119,000, and a liver costs $157,000,” he added.

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