For the last three years I have been living in South India researching the dark side of the human soul. For WIRED magazine, Mother Jones and NPR I found a world where victims of fatal diseases pushed the limits of morality to procure replacement organs when theirs began to fail. I’ve met charitable adoption agencies that stole children off of the streets and sold them on the international market. And traveled to urban ghettos where anemic blood donors were imprisoned against their will and had their lifeblood drained in the name of capitalism.

When I first began researching these topics, I knew that they were stories that had to be told, but it took me a while to see that they were all part of a larger systemic problem. The human body is more than a commodity, and yet we build vast medical and commercial infrastructures that buy, barter and steal flesh across international lines. While the end goal seems to be unquestionably right: a longer life for a dying patient, children for the childless, and advancing medical knowledge for the world’s benefit, the supply of human body parts is rarely as unproblematic as people would have you believe.

Red Markets is my attempt to uncover the supply chain of human body parts. This blog is my public note pad as I dissect and identify commerce in the raw materials of humanity. This site will also be the public start to my forthcoming book with Harper Collins: Red Markets: Every Body Has a Price.