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  Granny Arrested For Organ Sales

The Associated Press
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000; 2:58 p.m. EDT

MOSCOW –– The boy thought his grandmother was taking him to Disneyland, but Russian police say she had other plans: to sell her grandson so his organs could be used for transplants.

Police in Ryazan, 125 miles southeast of Moscow, said Saturday that they arrested a woman after they were tipped that she was trying to sell her grandson to a man who was going to take the boy to the West. There his organs were to be removed and sold, a Ryazan police duty officer said.

After a surveillance operation, police moved in to arrest the woman Tuesday, capturing the event on a videotape that was released in part Saturday. Police did not reveal the woman's name.

The woman was helped in the scheme by the boy's uncle, who told police the child was being sold for about $70,000.

When asked how he could sell his nephew, the uncle replied: "My mother said that it is none of my business, he is her grandson."

The boy, whose age was not released, lived with his grandmother. Police said she told him he was being taken to Disneyland.

Body parts have been smuggled out of Russia in the past for sale in the West as organ replacements.

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