Professors from Saint Leo University, Which Offers a Criminal Justice Degree Online, Release Groundbreaking Research in Human Organ Trafficking

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Criminal justice experts publish the first book to investigate organ trafficking from a multidisciplinary perspective

Two Saint Leo University professors have edited the first book that examines human organ trafficking from a multidisciplinary perspective—The International Trafficking of Human Organs: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Advances in Police Theory and Practice). Top experts on the controversial issue, Leonard Territo, Ed.D., and Rande Matteson, Ph.D., are faculty in Saint Leo’s Criminal Justice Department, which offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice, including a criminal justice degree online.

A Black Market for Organs: A True Tale of Crime

It may sound like the plot of a horror film—a kidney is stolen from an unsuspecting victim, who has been attacked and drugged. Brokers sell the kidney on the black market to a sick patient who would die without one. It’s a story exposing the darker side of humanity, a story fraught with deceit, greed and cruelty. But alarmingly, the cash-for-organs trade is a real-life scenario, and it’s one that has been thoroughly researched and analyzed in the 286-page hardcover textbook, published by CRC Press, an imprint of leading international academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 18 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the chronic shortage has pushed desperate people to seek organs through illicit means, often for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Traffickers, aware of the price people are willing to pay for an organ, have built a thriving business around exploiting impoverished donors in developing countries to satisfy a growing demand in more affluent countries.

Top Experts from Around the World Weigh In

The groundbreaking textbook editors, Leonard Territo, Ed.D., and Rande Matteson, Ph.D., have compiled an exhaustive collection of research on organ trafficking, written by top experts in criminal justice, business, economics, medicine, philosophy and theology. Dr. Territo, a distinguished visiting professor at Saint Leo University, has served as a major and chief deputy with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fla., and as a detective and officer in the Tampa, Fla. Police Department. Rande Matteson, an associate professor of criminal justice at Saint Leo University, served 32 years as a federal agent.

Other contributors to The International Trafficking of Human Organs: A Multidisciplinary Perspective include:

· Nicholas Capaldi, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Business Ethics and Legendre-Soule Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University, New Orleans

· Silke Meyer, Ph.D., Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) in Australia

· Snezana Mijovic-Das, M.D., FASN, Nephrologist specializing in innovative treatment for a variety of kidney disorders

“The book raises a fundamental question about how we, as a world culture, value human life,” says Dr. Matteson. “Because our economic, social and cultural systems together play a role in perpetuating the illegal international trafficking of human organs, it’s crucial to examine the problem from multiple perspectives to fully understand and prevent it.”

The authors balance four main perspectives:

· Criminal Justice: In sharing case studies on crimes involving organ trafficking in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and China, the authors examine the laws that permit these crimes to occur, as well as the motivations of organ-snatching criminals, ultimately offering recommendations for how these crimes can be effectively investigated and prosecuted.

· Business and Economic: The authors explore the economic incentives for organ sales, and suggest alternative solutions for increasing the supply of transplant organs.

· Medical, Ethical and Philosophical: The researchers discuss the chronic shortage of transplant organs, emerging medical procedures for transplantation, and argue whether compensation for organ donations undermines the value of the human body.

· Theological: The authors discuss Catholic and Protestant views on the sale of human organs.

Purchasing the Book

The International Trafficking of Human Organs: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Advances in Police Theory and Practice) is available in hardcover on and CRC Press’s website. The textbook contains an instructor’s manual with learning objectives, discussion questions and a reference list of DVDs, websites and U.S. regulatory and criminal statutes—a useful study companion for students pursuing a criminal justice degree.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, continuing education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

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