The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has warned Nigerians of the booming organ harvest in parts of the Middle East, urging them to beware of fake foreign travel agencies.
“One kidney now costs 262,000 dollars, heart costs 119,000 dollars and liver costs 157,000 dollars”, the agency said.
According to press statement signed by Mr Ikechukwu Attah, National Protocol Officer, IOM-Nigeria, these fake agencies promise their victims work abroad and help with their travel documents, only to put them in arms way.
“Beware of fake foreign agencies that promise work abroad. They process your papers, pay your ticket and then take you abroad in pretense that they want to get you a job there.
“Instead, they end up killing their victims and harvesting all the valuable body parts.
“A lot of people were offered jobs in the Middle East but up to now their family members cannot trace their whereabouts,“ Attah said.
He said that the “body parts black market’’ was now booming in parts of the Middle East, and advised prospective migrants to always go through proper channels to avoid falling victim.
“The body parts black market business is booming in Middle East.
“Let our children and grandchildren be aware of these evil devices,’’ he said.