Syrian refugee sold kidney to get into Europe

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Refugees and migrants call for help as their boat sinks off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian refugee sold a kidney to pay for his passage to Europe, a Serbian aid worker said.

The organ was removed in a backstreet and dangerous operation in Lebanon and the victim went 20 days without proper medical care before his discovery last week by an anti-trafficking organisation in Serbia.

He was offered treatment but opted to travel on with only painkillers, the Belgrade-based Atina anti-trafficking organisation said.

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