Boris Walker also known as Boris Wolfman was arrested for performing illegal surgeries on the Syrian refugees in small Turkish clinics.
Patients illegally receiving an organ had to pay between €70,000 and €100,000, according to an indictment lodged against him, whereas the refugee organ donors received very small amount of money, resulting in tens of thousands of euros in profit for each transplant.
Wolfman was wanted by the Interpol, the international police organization, for past organ trafficking.
The organ trafficker had put ads in the Russian newspapers to find potential donors. Wolfman did not explain to the donors about the physical and mental risks they face, denying them any information they needed to have before making their decision.
A Turkish court ruled to extradite Wolfman back to Israel after a 40-day arrest period.
Wolfman has previously been charged with organ trafficking and organizing illegal transplants in Kosovo, Azerbaijan, and Sri Lanka, in a series of alleged offenses committed between 2008 and 2014.
In Kosovo, organ donors were allegedly released without any medical supervision, explanation about needed medical treatments, or critical health advice. At least one teenage boy, who had his kidney removed, was paralyzed after not receiving proper treatment.
The black market for organs has been flourishing in the Middle East in the past few years, with the influx of millions of refugees. In 2013, Lebanese smugglers told Der Spiegel that, because of the desperation in which many refugees live, there are “more sellers than buyers.
Many refugees have lost everything, and have given smugglers their life savings and even sacrificed their lives in dangerous voyages in hopes of seeking asylum in a European continent that has been largely hostile to their arrival.
Almost 4.3 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN. Millions are crowded into densely population refugee camps in neighboring Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Many live on the street, and few have access to basic resources or job prospects.
Traffickers have taken advantage of Syrian refugees’ desperation, in hopes of making money.