Romanian police on Tuesday busted a human egg-trafficking ring involving Israeli specialists in assisted reproduction, just months after several Israeli doctors were sentenced in a similar case.
Police and prosecutors said the network consisted of 11 people, including Israeli doctors and Romanian managers of a Bucharest clinic, but declined to say how many people were detained as the searches were ongoing.
According to police, the suspects recruited Romanian women -- mostly impoverished students -- and paid them 600 to 800 euros ($800-$1,100) for their eggs.
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They then sold them for up to 4,000 euros to Israeli couples seeking assisted fertilisation.
"The suspects made huge profits through this illegal human egg trafficking", prosecutors said in a statement.
In November, a Romanian court sentenced four Israeli doctors in absentia to five years in prison for a similar egg-trafficking case.