Our bodies are not as sacred as we would like to think. Although it is illegal to sell bodies and body parts on the open market, every year billions of dollars worth of human tissue trade hands. From organ transplants, to blood sales, rented wombs, clinical trials and child adoption, institutions that we usually see as beneficial to society at large rest on an underworld of crime and deceit.
For three years investigative journalist Scott Carney lived in South India exploring the underworld of illegal sales in human flesh. His work has appeared in print in WIRED, Mother Jones, and on air on NPR and National Geographic Television. His book “Red Markets: Every Body Has a Price” will be published by Harper Collins in 2011.