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Thirteen human-trafficking victims in Costa Rica this year were taken for their organs, according to a report on crime in the country that gives new life to an ongoing organ trafficking scandal unfolding in the country.
The report, co-authored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), found 28 people had been trafficked through October 2013. The report found human trafficking has been increasing since 2007, including a jump from 2012 when 22 victims were discovered.
The largest single reason for trafficking this year has been to harvest human organs illicitly, the report stated.