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December 1, 2021

New human egg trafficking case in private clinic in Bucharest

DIICOT prosecutors have conducted six searches in Bucharest on Tuesday in a case in which 11 persons, representatives of a private clinic in Bucharest and Israeli citizens specializing in the assisted reproduction field, are suspected of engaging in human egg trafficking for “in vitro” fertilization. According to the prosecutors, the representatives of the private clinic were recruiting young women, usually students from outside Bucharest with difficult financial situations, and were paying them EUR 600-800 for human eggs they were then selling for EUR 3,000-4,000 to couples that were resorting to “in vitro” fertilization. Judiciary sources have stated for Mediafax that the Med Life clinic is suspected in this case. The crime group was active in Romania and Israel, its members being doctors, nurses, embryologists and managers of medical units, Romanian and Israeli citizens. “Most of the couples that benefited from the human eggs are from Israel. They traveled periodically to Romania, especially in order for the artificial inseminations to take place,” the Romanian Police stated in its turn. The investigation also revealed data according to which the clinic’s personnel also engaged in the harvesting and sale of human egg cells in conditions forbidden by medical ethics, the sources of human eggs being frequently the same for many couples. The investigators are prosecuting human egg trafficking and the creation of an organized crime group. Thirty persons were taken in for hearings following the house searches. The action was conducted by DIICOT prosecutors along with judicial police officers from the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and BCCO Bucharest. The Intelligence and Internal Protection Directorate offered intelligence support. A similar case was handled several years ago in Bucharest in the case of the Sabyc private clinic, several doctors being accused of recruiting from abroad the couples that wanted to benefit from assisted reproduction techniques. Harry Mironescu, the head of the clinic, Israeli doctors Natan Lewit and Genia Ziskind, clinic secretary Cecilia Borza and Yair Miron were sentenced on November 14, 2012, to five years in jail, executory sentence.

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