An in-depth report that takes readers on a shocking tour through a macabre global underworld where organs, bones, and live people are bought and sold on the red market
Investigative journalist Scott Carney has spent five years on the ground tracing the lucrative and deeply secretive trade in human bodies and body parts—a vast hidden economy known as the "red market." From the horrifying to the ridiculous, he discovers its varied forms: an Indian village nicknamed "Kidneyvakkam" because most of its residents have sold their kidneys for cash; unscrupulous grave robbers who steal human bones from cemeteries, morgues, and funeral pyres for anatomical skeletons used in Western medical schools and labs; an ancient temple that makes money selling the hair of its devotees to wig makers in America—to the tune of $6 million annually.
The Red Market reveals the rise, fall, and resurgence of this multibillion-dollar underground trade through history, from early medical study and modern universities to poverty-ravaged Eurasian villages and high-tech Western labs; from body snatchers and surrogate mothers to skeleton dealers and the poor who sell body parts to survive. While local and international law enforcement have cracked down on the market, advances in science have increased the demand for human tissue—ligaments, kidneys, even rented space in women's wombs—leaving little room to consider the ethical dilemmas inherent in the flesh-and-blood trade. At turns tragic, voyeuristic, and thought-provoking, The Red Market is an eye-opening, surreal look at a little-known global industry and its implications for all our lives.
A well written book with lots of actual cases of people falling victim to the "red market". Not for the faint of heart, as passages detail weakened, bedridden individuals... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Willi Guy
Why do I read things that just piss me off?! Overall, a great book at, well, dissecting the moral quagmires of transforming human bodies into commodities and the emergence of black... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natosha Layland
This exploration of the manner in which humans are "parted out" is enlightening and horrifying. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lezlie Christian
This reads somewhat like a college them paper. It is clear the author had an agenda. But i learned a bunch of new things and finished the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mike lala
A unique and fascinating glimpse into all the different ways the human body can be used, both legally and illegally. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Megan Hartley
Arrived on time and in great condition. I didn't read it, as it was a present for a friend. Would purchase from this shop again.Published 13 months ago by Lauren
Scott Carney is an investigative reporter who became interested in the "red market" economy while on assignment for Wired.com and Mother Jones Magazine. Read morePublished 18 months ago by katherine tomlinson
This was a pretty interesting read. It was much shorter than I expected but it was still good. I'd say Stiff is a better read if you're looking for this type of book.Published 19 months ago by Brusso
The Red Market is a fascinating investigation of various businesses based on the human body. It covers lots of different aspects of trading in the human body and explores both the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Menon