The Red Market:

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

by Scott Carney

About the Book

The Red Market is a shocking tour through a macabre global underworld where organs, bones, and live people are bought and sold. Investigative journalist Scott Carney 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, 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.

About the Author

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative nonfiction with ethnography. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs on NPR and National Geographic TV.

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