Saturday, January 31, 2009

Child Trafficking: Italy - missing children's organs being used for trafficking

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has expressed concern that the trafficking of children's organs is taking place on Italian territory. Speaking at theannual UNICEF assembly in Rome, he called for more effective means to counter this phenomenon.

He warned that hundreds of minors arriving as illegal immigrants on the southern Italian coasts every year disappear which he claims is evidence of an organ trafficking trade occurring in Italy.

Maroni said this was an extremely worrying phenomenon because it is unclear what happens to these minors. He said that of the 1,300 minors who arrived on the island of Lampedusa in 2008, 400 are no longer accounted for.

The minister said one of the most efficient ways that will now be used to combat organ trafficking will be the ratification of the international Prum Convention, which will establish a DNA data bank in Italy as in other European countries.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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