U.S. Professor: I Told FBI About Kidney Trafficking 7 Years Ago


kidneyThe alleged crimes of the Brooklyn man arrested Thursday for dealing in black-market kidneys were first reported by an anthropologist from the University of California, Berkeley, who learned of the man’s suspected involvement through her research. Nancy Scheper-Hughes – whose contacts in Israel define her as the world’s leading authority on organ trading – says she heard reports that the suspect, a 58-year-old man, held donors at gunpoint after they changed their minds about the operation. Such reports that she received from her sources compelled her to go to the authorities. She met with an FBI agent at a Manhattan hotel and gave him information about the man, but she says that the Bureau acted only much later. The Berkeley scholar is said to have identified the man to the FBI seven years ago as a major figure in a global human organ ring.

The anthropologist says that the person who led her to the man says that he initially believed the man was one who saved the lives of people in need. According to Scheper-Hughes, the person told her he had changed his mind after meeting some of the man’s donors – confused and impoverished people from Eastern Europe.

One out of every five adult males in some of Moldova’s poorest villages has had his kidney removed, according to Scheper-Hughes. But a 2004 State Department report stated that “it would be impossible to conceal a clandestine organ trafficking ring.”

Back in Brooklyn, the man was contacted by an FBI informant, who introduced the man to an undercover agent who said she wanted to buy a kidney for her uncle. During one encounter, the man is said to have boasted that he had facilitated “many deals and had never failed.” The man was recorded saying: “I’m doing this a long time.”

{Yair Apert-Matzav.com Israel/Haaretz}


  1. Mr. Greenbaum is correct. Anyone who wants a detail picture could look it up in Wikipedia. And 99.9% know what a kidney is.