Couple arrested after bringing child to UK with plot to harvest organs | #childabductors


A couple from Nigeria was arrested in the United Kingdom on conspiracy charges after allegedly bringing a child to the country with the intent to harvest their organs, British police announced on Thursday.

Ike and Beatrice Ekweremadu were taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, particularly organ harvesting, according to officials. Police opened an investigation into the couple in May after receiving reports of possible violations of modern slavery offenses.

Officials have recovered a child who they say is now “safeguarded.” It’s not clear whether the child was related to the couple or whether they had knowledge of the plot.

The couple is now in custody and set to appear in court on Thursday. Police have declined to share more information while the criminal case is still active.

It’s not clear what the motive of the kidnapping or organ harvesting is.

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The U.K. has reported a 10.6% increase in people being added to its organ transplant waitlist, according to the U.K. National Health Service.
There were 975 reported child abductions in England and Wales last year, a drop from the 1,268 reported instances in 2018.



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