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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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 tracing the lucrative and deeply secretive trade in human bodies and body parts. 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061936470
9780061936463
Characteristics: 254 p ; 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.

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AkMis
Jan 16, 2015

NOW THIS IS A SCARY READ

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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mamabadger56
Feb 16, 2017

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

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mamabadger56
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."

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mamabadger56
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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