BUCHAREST Feb 20 Romanian police have arrested
two people suspected of buying the unfertilised eggs of poor
female students and selling them on to Israeli couples who were
unable to conceive.
The human eggs were bought from the women - mostly from
deprived provincial areas and aged between 18 and 30 - for up to
800 euros ($1,100), the police said in a statement. They were
then sold for as much as 4,000 euros for in-vitro fertilisation
at a private clinic in the capital Bucharest.
It was the second time in four years that police in the east
European country have found human eggs being sold for artificial
insemination, a trade that is against the law there.
Police did not name the clinic or the people involved. They
said 30 people had been questioned so far in connection with the
case, including doctors, nurses and embryologists. Most of the
couples who had bought the Romanian eggs were from Israel.
"This morning we decided to detain two people, a Romanian
and an Israeli citizen, partners in this clinic business," a
Bucharest police official told Reuters. "We'll propose detaining
them for 29 days pending the inquiry on the egg trade."
Students often struggle to make ends meet in Romania, where
poverty has worsened since a real estate and credit bubble burst
In-vitro fertilisation is sometimes used by couples who face
problems to conceive and involves fertilising eggs outside the
body and placing them in the uterus for a normal pregnancy.
($1 = 0.7487 euros)
(Reporting by Ioana Patran; Writing by Radu Marinas; Editing by