With the financial support of the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme
European Commission - Directorate General Home Affairs



The human organ trade takes on a wide variety of forms. The HOTT project addressed one particular form of organ trade: trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal.


Our data

Information about organ trade increasingly emerges in books, publications, magazines, newspapers, on the world wide web, in documentaries and many other media around the world. Fed by body snatching and kidnapping stories, the organ trade discourse is often accompanied by questions whether organ trafficking really exists.
Keeping in mind the difficulty to verify the reliability of organ trafficking data, our focus throughout this project was on scientific research. This means we relied on information that has been collected scientifically and that has been published in academic books and journals. The methodology of research and results is not only closely scrutizined by ourselves, but also by our advisers.

Research activities

Until November 2014, we performed three main research activities:

Other activities

Until the end of 2015, we performed many other activities:


Our scheduled activities can be viewed in our timeline.

International Symposium

21 November 2014

Europol, The Hague,The Netherlands

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