Albania’s former PM and President Sali Berisha announced what he had learned from policemen, that children are being smuggled across the border with Kosovo and Metojihia.
According to Sputnik news, Berisha’s message published on Facebook said the children were being kidnapped and smuggled for their organs.
The news website reposted the message from Berisha’s account as follows: “Disturbing occurrence!
A policeman is reporting the existence of an organized group that is smuggling children for transplantation of internal organs!
“I am calling on the prosecution to launch an investigation! Mr. Berisha, I am a policeman at the border near Kukes. You could save a lot of children. Children under the age of 18 are being smuggled at the border between Albania and Kosovo, for organ transplants. Falsified certificates are used to bribe policemen with about 20,000 Leks (about EUR 150). So far nine children, kidnapped in poor villages, have been smuggled. Please, publish (this) and do something.”
Several anonymous sources in the Dragas municipality in Kosovo on the border with Albania and Macedonia, told Sputnik that four children between eight and 12 – three girls and a boy – had disappeared in the area during the past few months.
“I don’t know if this has anything to do with what Mr. Berisha wrote about, but since Dragas community is on the border with Albania and Macedonia, which nobody guards, everything is possible. The children disappeared in the morning, which is strange. For example, two girls went to a local store and never came back,” a source told Sputnik on condition of anonymity.
He added that Albanians used to buy young Kosovo girls for marriage. Moreover, people in the impoverished Dragas community often send their kids to work as farm hands in neighboring Albania and because this is illegal, they will hardly report the disappearances to police.
In April 2015, the international community called on Kosovo authorities to investigate alleged organ trafficking by members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War, that were first mentioned in the 2010 report to the Council of Europe.
According to the document, perpetrators killed Serb captives to remove and sell their organs during the war.