Police are investigating the sale and trafficking of human organ parts from US prisoners, a senior US law enforcement official told CNN.
The official told reporters on Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and would not specify how many prisoners have been identified.
CNN has learned from sources familiar with the investigation that at least 11 people are being investigated in the United States for trafficking human organs.
The United States has a long history of human trafficking, including human organ trafficking, as well as other types of crimes, according to a United Nations Human Rights Council report released in December.
“These are very serious crimes and they should be investigated thoroughly, and the United Kingdom is fully committed to supporting the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human trafficking,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told CNN on Thursday.
“It’s clear that these are serious crimes, and we need to take these serious crimes very seriously.”