Kidney thieves on the prowl?

The scam, documented and confirmable, has been unearthed by a Midland-based medical institution, Net Care 911, and some cases of victims who have fallen prey highlighted. One such is a male businessman from the region (name withheld) who has since been admitted to a South African hospital while the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is conducting tissue research to match the victim with a kidney donor.

A single kidney is said to be selling for US$10 000 on the black market. According to a statement from Net Care 911 situated at Number 49 New Road, the Midland, so well-organised and well-funded is the ring of the “kidney pirates” that it has spread its wings to most major cities of the world, but is more active in South Africa and Australia. In Brisbane (Australia) the military is said to have received an alert regarding this scandal.

“This is not a scam out of a Science fiction novel . . . it is documented and confirmable. The crime begins when a business traveler goes to a lounge for a drink at the end of the work day. A person in the bar walks up as they sit alone and offers to buy them a drink. The last thing the traveler remembers (until they wake up in a hotel room bathtub, their body submerged to their neck in ice), is sipping that drink.

“There is a note taped to the wall instructing them not to move and call 10111. A phone is on the small table next to the bathtub for them to call. The business traveler calls 10111, who have been quite familiar with this crime. He is instructed by the 10111 operator to very slowly and carefully reach behind them and feel if there is a tube protruding from their back.

If the traveler finds the tube and answers “Yes”, the operator tells them to remain still, having already sent paramedics to help. The operator knows that both of the traveller’s kidneys have been harvested”, said a pharmacist employed by Net Care 911.

July 2006
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