The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers
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 t...more
How can I sell thee? Let me count the ways. Actually, I don’t need to. In The Red Market investigative journalist Scott Carney seems to have taken care of that. He covers the wealth of ways in which business people in the people business sell parts of people to other people. He covers the selling of bones, kidneys, human ova, personal gestation services, blood, and more. Geographically, most of Carney’s work is in India, where he lived for several years, but he forays out to Cyprus, Spain and th ...more
"I weight just a little under two hundred pounds, have brown hair, blue eyes, and a full set of teeth. As far as I know, my thyroid gland pumps the right hormones into the twelve pints of blood that circulate in my arteries and veins. ...more
He certainly doesn't hold anything back, and while really interesting, I wouldn't recommend this as pre-mealtime reading. The research and interviews he's conducted wi ...more
The story touches on the completely criminal, the quasi-grey-market, and the completely-aboveboard markets for human hair, b ...more
I picked this book up after hearing an interview with the author on NPR, and I couldn't wait to read it. Ultimately, however, I was disappointed in Carney's presentation of the information. While he brings to light horrible instances of people taking advantage of those in desperate situations (e.g., women who are willing to sell their kidneys just to get enough money t ...more
This book raises a bunch of questions; starting with the obvious: What the f * * k is going on in this crazy planet? People harvesting blood twice a week from emaciated; gray-colored skin blood-slaves in o ...more
I think the most shocking to me was organ transplants. Once he started talking about i ...more
I wanted to like this book, a ...more
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Scott Carney’s 2011 book, The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers, is not a book for the squeamish or for the faint of heart. If you can get past the slightly uncomfortable premise though, it’s an engaging and thought-provoking read about the implications of living in a world where the component parts of people’s bodies are attached to an economic value, and how ...more
At times this book seemed more like one travelogue of a fucked up world; other times it was more like a series of blog posts (specifically - it was a few ideas jotted down that serve to start a conversation); a free ticket to a horse and pony show put on for the benefit of an earnest American writer; and rarely, it included a small literature review or historical context. Since this is a topic that sho ...more
But although I learned quite a bit about the world market of humans - parts and otherwise - the book left me a bit befuddled.
It reminded me of what it's like to read about being a Vegan or discussing food with a Vegan. It's all or nothing with them, and it seemed like the author was arguing a bit on that side as well, i.e. use no body parts ...more
The analogy of people becoming commodities is no longer. All in, the typical fair skinned person is worth $250,000.
This is book brings cold evidence that the weak have become nothing more than disposable income for the strong.
My favorite chapter was "Black Gold," describing the author's firsthand experience with a renewable resource: human hair--in this case, from India. How it is acquired, processed and sold mainly to the US or Africa, to manufacture hair extensions. Best quality is something assumed to be virgin hair, known as "Remy." Doesn't mean the gals haven't had sex; it means the h ...more