The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers

by Scott Carney


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061936463
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 309,891
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist with a decade of experience living and researching in India. He is a contributing editor at Wired magazine. His reporting has also appeared on NPR, CBC, BBC, and National Geographic TV, and in Mother Jones, Fast Company, Discover, and Foreign Policy. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Table of Contents

Preface Dead End xi

Introduction Man Vs. Meat 1

1 Body Alchemy 21

2 The Bone Factory 39

3 Kidney Prosecting 61

4 Meet The Parents 91

5 Immaculate Conception 111

6 Cash On Delivery 135

7 Blood Money 153

8 Clinical Labor Of Guinea Pigs 175

9 Immortal Promises 197

10 Black Gold 221

Afterword Ode To Loretta Hardesty 231

Acknowledgments 239

Bibliography 243

Index 247

What People are Saying About This

Michael Largo

The Red Market is an unforgettable nonfiction thriller, expertly reported. Scott Carney takes us on a tremendously revealing and twisted ride, where life and death are now mere cold cash commodities.”

Chris Anderson

The Red Market is a thrilling adventure into the global body business, with keen insight into the economics that drive it. Scott Carney investigates both our insatiable need for replacement human parts and the uncanny and often disturbing ways we go about getting them.”

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Red Market 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the dark world there is the red market, where humans are buying and selling organs, bones and humans. It was a great read to get to know what really happens on the trade markets. To be able to understand and get an idea of the red market really helped in this book. The major message in this novel was to show the readers how the red market is still a large issue in the world. It is very much a book that everyone must read. It gives us a better understanding of how this market works. For me I did not know anything about the red market. I did not know that people were selling organs and bodies for money in countries all across the world. It was really interesting to read this book as I learned so many new things about this market. I read this book to help me with an ethnography assignment in my english class. This book was a great resource for those interested in learning about investigations and what happens behind the medical fields.
bedukai More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a school report, I had accepted that I was going to be bored and assumed that I would hate it. I loved this book, it is shocking, profoundly interesting, written as a story with photos and statistics interspersed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very quick informative read, i highly recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good read, kept me interested and I was so shocked to hear so much about the red market and how it is still a big issue. Very well written, worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In all honesty i got the book because i thought that the cover was interesting and that it might be a good book. I could not put it down! this is one of my Favorite books, and was very informative and really opens your eyes. 
rapago on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Totally captivating and frightening.After hearing about this book, it sounded like an interesting read. It was. There are so many frightening topics addressed within the pages, all of which impact us in a variety of ways.I know people who have adopted children from overseas, and this book discusses the market that exists for children.I know people who have had surgery and needed blood. This book discusses the market for blood products.It also discusses the nefarious world of organ transplants, and drug testing.There is a market for all of these products that come from our own human bodies. One of the frightening things is that this market is set up so those who receive the products have no knowledge of where those products have come from.This book is filled with frightening stories from around the world. While the issues dealt with in this book may offer some hope for extending our lives, one has to wonder at the ethics that go along with this,This book is well worth reading.
cameling on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a market that nobody really talks about, is not fully regulated and is highly profitable for everyone except the donors. While the author concentrates on the market for whole skeletons, fresh organs, blood and young children and babies in India, he does mention that there are other countries who also traffic in these areas.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 with parents whose children were kidnapped, only to be found having been adopted through legitimate adoption agencies in countries like the USA and the UK are very touching. The research into blood factories where farmers and villagers are sometimes kidnapped, chained to beds in a barn next to cows while drained of their blood puts even Dracula in the pale. Then there are the bone factories, where cadavers, having been stolen from graves, are cleaned and polished by people so medical colleges around the world have whole, whitened skeletons for their students to study. Even hair has a market, and there's remy hair from people who pledge their hair as a sacrifice and have it removed from their heads at a temple, but there's also hair that's collected from other locations which, because of their condition, have uses I had never once considered. The chapters dedicated to villagers in India who sell their kidneys, part of their liver or eye were eye-openers for me, not that I was unaware that there are people who still sell their organs on the black market, but more about how some hospitals cover up the fact that they're trading in purchased organs or about the number of people who will risk surgery in countries just so they can purchase their translated organs on the red market.Fascinating if sometimes really horrific reading. But I'm glad I read this because I'm much more aware of what some people will do to make a buck at the expense of someone else or to prolong their own lives.
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