The Red Market
On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child TraffickersBook - 2011
"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.
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"If the human body can't be treated as a commodity, then where are clinics supposed to get raw materials?"
"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."
"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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