Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange another person’s trip for exploitation, namely organ harvesting, police said.
Ekweremadu is an opposition senator in the southern state of Enugu, and also a former vice president of the senate.
Police said they had been warned of the alleged plan following reports of possible offenses under modern slavery law. The child involved has been brought to safety and work was underway to provide additional support.
The couple appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in London, where the court was told the child involved was a 15-year-old boy, the BBC reported.
Prosecutors told the court that the consent of the public prosecutor was required for the case to proceed due to jurisdictional issues, the BBC added, and the couple were remanded in custody until the next court hearing on 7 July.
Neither Ekweremadu nor his wife could be reached for comment.