Police in Romania arrested a doctor and searched the homes of six employees of a private fertility clinic which is under the suspicion of illegally trafficking human eggs and selling them to Israeli couples with fertility problems.

The arrested doctor was named by the police as Professor Rafi Ron-El, head of the fertility department at Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre near Rishon Letzion, and Daphna Komorovski, a lab technician.

Police said further the employees of the Bucharest clinic harvested the eggs from Romanian women aged 18 to 30, taking advantage of their strained financial situation by paying them between 600 to 800 Romanian leu (GBP 120 to 160), then sold the eggs for €3,000 to €4,000 (GBP 2,620 to 3,500).

The clinic was not immediately identified, however, journalist reported police going into the Med New Life clinic in Bucharest on Tuesday (February 20) and take one woman into custody.

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