Police warn of human organs trading via social networks
Illegal organ trade ring busted in Hanoi



Tran Van Phuong at court on Thursday in Hanoi. He was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for illegal organ trading. — Photo: VNN

Tran Van Phuong, 31, from Lang Giang District, northern Bac Giang Province, was sentenced under Article 154 of the Criminal Code 2015.

In early 2018, Phuong went to Cambodia to sell one of his kidneys. He found he could earn a lot of money from trading kidneys and began finding donors and buyers for the organs.

From April 2018, Phuong used a Facebook account named Tran Bui to find donors online.

After finding someone who wanted to sell their kidneys, he took them to one of his two houses in Hanoi's Hoang Mai District to take care of them and wait for a deal with the buyer.

He paid the donor VND240-320 million for a kidney, while the buyer paid up to VND450 million for each kidney.

Phuong conducted six trades, earning VND485 million.

In each deal, he earned VND35-120 million.

The panel of judges considered mitigating circumstances, including the defendant’s family circumstances and repentance. — VNS