**Racketeers pay Ukraine women to sell foetuses to quack clinics for £10,000 courses of ‘anti-ageing’ jabs **
by Tom Parfitt
Aborted foetuses from girls and young women are being exported from Ukraine for use in illegal beauty treatments costing thousands of pounds, The Observer can reveal.
The foetuses are cryogenically frozen and sold to clinics offering ‘youth injections’, claiming to rejuvenate skin and cure a raft of diseases.
It is thought that women in the former Soviet republic are being paid £100 a time to persuade them to have abortions and allow their foetuses to be used in treatments. Most of the foetuses are sold in Russia for up to £5,000 each. Some are paid extra to have abortions late in their pregnancy.
Border guards stopped a train entering Russia from Ukraine last week and arrested a ‘mule’ carrying 25 frozen foetuses hidden in two vacuum flasks. The man said he had bought them from a medical research centre.