Two Nigerian nationals, one of whom is a politician, have been charged with allegedly plotting to harvest the organs of a child in the UK.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a district senator and lawyer, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, have been charged with conspiracy to arrange and/or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, the Metropolitan Police said.
The charges follow an investigation by the force’s Specialist Crime team.
The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.
The child, whose age is unknown, has been taken into care.
The pair have been remanded in custody.
They are due to appear before Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.
Organ harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for commercial gain and against the will of the victim.