Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"Health inspectors found a man in medical scrubs holding a garden hose. He was thawing a frozen human torso in the midday sun."

Now there's an image that's hard to get out of your head.

From Reuters, a new investigation of the trade in human body parts:

In most states, anyone can legally purchase body parts. A Tennessee broker sold Reuters a cervical spine and two human heads after just a few email exchanges.

Through interviews and public records, Reuters identified Southern Nevada and 33 other body brokers active across America during the past five years. Twenty-five of the 34 body brokers were for-profit corporations; the rest were nonprofits. In three years alone, one for-profit broker earned at least $12.5 million stemming from the body part business.

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