The Red Market

The Red Market

On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers

Book - 2011
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"An unforgettable nonfiction thriller, expertly reported....A tremendously revealing and twisted ride, where life and death are now mere cold cash commodities."
--Michael Largo, author of Final Exits

Award-winning investigative journalist and contributing Wired editor Scott Carney leads readers on a breathtaking journey through the macabre underworld of the global body bazaar, where organs, bones, and even live people are bought and sold on The Red Market. As gripping as CSI and as eye-opening as Mary Roach's Stiff, Carney's The Red Market sheds a blazing new light on the disturbing, billion-dollar business of trading in human body parts, bodies, and child trafficking, raising issues and exposing corruptions almost too bizarre and shocking to imagine.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780061936463
Characteristics: xvi, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 07, 2016

You will never look at blood, tissue, or hair donations the same after reading this thought provoking title. Turns out we commoditize these items when we give them away; creating a world wide black market, bringing underworld into the very place we do not wish them to be. Very interesting read!

hettyvh Apr 02, 2015

Extremely interesting book. Well presented. For something that's pretty much information based, I couldn't put it down.

Jan 16, 2015


bookfanatic1979 Jul 13, 2011

This is my first “investigative reporting” style book, and it raised some interesting questions. I learned a lot about the seamy underside of the “flesh market.” One large objection I had was Carney’s insistence in lumping adoptive children in with other “human products.” In his view, “purchasing” (i.e. paying the regular fees and costs) a child seems to be no different that purchasing a hair weave. I don’t know that one woman's updo should have the same moral repercussions as another woman's daughter.


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Feb 16, 2017

"If the human body can't be treated as a commodity, then where are clinics supposed to get raw materials?"

Feb 06, 2017

"Since the inception of antirejection drugs like cyclosporine, international cabals of doctors and corruptible ethics boards have slowly transformed slums in Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, and the Philippines into veritable organ farms [....]
For someone living on less than a dollar a day, $800 is almost an unthinkably large sum of money. The payment offers an unfair incentive, coercion that pits abject poverty against a global capitalist enterprise."

Feb 06, 2017

"The good news is that many people's lives are being extended this way. However, the limitless potential for expansion means that instead of only looking at the potential beneficial use of organs, we also need to be critically aware of how large and coercive the system of collecting organs can become."

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