A contributing editor at Wired magazine, Mr. Carney writes with considerable narrative verve, slamming home the misery of what he has witnessed with passion and visceral detail. His book does not attempt to provide a comprehensive picture of red markets in the world today. Much of Mr.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 11, Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing Shelves: public-health , brain-candy , nonfiction , science , economics. How can I sell thee? Let me count the ways. 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. It appears that the West primarily has found new sources of third-world raw materials to exploit.
And as with prior versions of such practices, the locals do not fare very well from the transaction. The material here is the stuff of horror films, reminiscent at times of the X-files or Sweeney Todd, although the consumption involved is not savory. Carney was teaching in India when a young woman in his program died. It was through his experience seeing that her remains were returned to the USA that he became aware of the way that once a person has passed on, pressure builds for their remains to be passed along.
He begins by digging into the business of grave-robbing in India, an enterprise that has supplied high-quality, sparkling product, intended largely for Western medical training. When the police arrived to investigate in early , they could smell the stench of rotting flesh from nearly a mile away. Sections of spine strung together with twine dangled from the rafters, an officer told me.
Hundreds of bones were scattered on the floor in some sort of ordering system. Included at the end of this review, for the ghoulishly curious He writes, in addition, about the history of grave-robbing, particularly in the West. That is engrossing stuff.
One of the unanticipated aftermaths of the great tsunami of was the creation, via a large population of displaced and impoverished people, of a ready source of kidneys. Desperate people sell one of their two kidneys in order to get enough cash to keep their families going just a little longer.
On the grounds of a dairy farm shanghaied transients are hooked up to tubes and their blood is siphoned off multiple times a week until they are near death. When their utility as milk-able blood-cows is about to expire they are put on a bus and sent out of town for someone else to deal with. Corneas are taken from barely living or just killed prisoners in Chinese prisons.
In Cyprus, mostly Eastern-European women are given large doses of hormones to encourage the production of multiple ova, which are then implanted in Western customers. In India, women serving as surrogates live for months under conditions of virtual imprisonment until their product is C-Sectioned out of them. Carney paints a bleak picture. The only part of the Red Market that seems to work well is the donation and marketing of human hair.
Brokers for blood products, particularly, reminded me of how Wall Street fused hordes of junk financial products into one gigantic stinking pile of finance and sold it in a way that no buyer could discern the actual source of the underlying stench. When it comes to blood there are major brokers who collect blood from sources as solid as 9.
The quality of that blood is, to be generous, not reliable. In addition to the reality on the ground, Carney looks at underlying issues, the role of anonymity in organ donation, the relationship between the free market and voluntarism, how changes in law affect such trade. He looks at the likelihood that new scientific developments might mitigate worldwide demand and examines the nature of fluctuating demand. We would never allow an oil company to hide the locations of its oil rigs, or not to disclose its environmental policies.
And when an oil rig fails and leaks millions of barrels of petroleum into the ocean we demand accountability.
Perhaps he has not noticed that corporations are quite successful at minimizing transparency. In doing this he ignores his own evidence of under-the-table payments to law enforcement personnel in India, a decidedly capitalist nation.
The grainy black-and-white images that appear throughout the book seem well-suited to the material. Carney writes in a first person voice that gives the reader a you-are-there feel. He is very readable, and that eases the discomfort of absorbing his subject matter. In The Red Market , Scott Carney has done an outstanding job of shining a bright light into one of the darker dungeons of human commerce.
While I thought that his solutions were a bit fuzzy, the upside here is that The Red Market offers a significant contribution to our base of knowledge about some serious public health, and human rights concerns.
While some parts of the book have been previously published in magazines, Carney has been writing for many well-known publications for years this is his first book.
It is a stunning debut and promises to be the beginning of a long, productive and valuable career. There is much material there that supplements this book, including links to related articles, as well as material on other projects.
The book itself contains a wonderful bibliography for anyone interested in looking a bit deeper into specific areas. While reading The Red Market I was reminded of several other books that touched on related subjects.
But I am sure there are more. Not a High School Science Project - the ff is quoted from the book First the corpses are wrapped in netting and anchored in the river, where bacteria and fish reduce them to loose piles of bones and mush in a week or so.
The crew then scrubs them and boils them in a cauldron of water and caustic soda to dissolve any remaining flesh. That leaves the calcium surfaces with a yellow tint.
To bring them up to medical white, bones are then left in sunlight for a week before being soaked in hydrochloric acid. This means you, Norm. View all 47 comments. Jun 23, Paquita Maria Sanchez added it Shelves: actuals-n-factuals , usa. Man, I'm glad I was just barely too old to donate my eggs for money that one time I thought about donating my eggs for money. Man, I'm glad I didn't die when I did that clinical trial.
For money. I know it should've been obvious that those things could be dangerous, but jeez, those things are fucking dangerous!
Man, I really hope I never need blood or an organ, because you basically can't get that shit without exploiting someone who is in a lower socioeconomic bracket than you at best, and cha Man, I'm glad I was just barely too old to donate my eggs for money that one time I thought about donating my eggs for money.
Man, I really hope I never need blood or an organ, because you basically can't get that shit without exploiting someone who is in a lower socioeconomic bracket than you at best, and chained up in some dungeon in India all Under the Skin -like at almost-worst. Like I could afford it anyway.
View all 5 comments. Jun 10, Diane rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , unfinished , read-for-work. This topic was so grim that I couldn't finish this book. It is well-written and the author traveled around the world to report on this story, so if you are interested in the global sale of human bodies and body parts, you will probably like this book.
First Paragraph "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. At six feet two inches, I have long femurs and tibias with solid connective tissue. Both of my kidneys function properly, and my heart runs at a steady clip of eighty-seven beats per minute.
May 11, Kaethe Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: orphans , slavery , contemporary , death , history , medicine , native-peoples , science , nonfiction , skepticism.
I wouldn't call it a fun read, not like Mary Roach's Stiff, but it is significant.
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More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. A tremendously revealing and twisted ride, where life and death are now mere cold cash commodities. 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. Sociology Nonfiction. Publisher: HarperCollins.
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By Scott Carney. A tremendously revealing and twisted ride, where life and death are now mere cold cash commodities. 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. If blood as a living human tissue is increasingly bought and sold as an article of commerce and profit accrues from such transactions then it follows that the laws of commerce must, in the end, prevail. In other parts of India, people say that they are going to Malaysia or the United States with a glimmer of hope in their eyes.
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To ensure uninterrupted reading, please contact Rachel Mines, sales director, at rachel. On the night of Jan. Interpol had been looking for Sonmez since , when a Turkish man collapsed in the airport in Pristina, Kosovo, and reported that his kidney had been stolen. The incident led to an investigation by European Union prosecutors, who uncovered an international organ-stealing and smuggling ring of alarming scope.
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