Inside the Business of Body Part Trading

Fieser Artikel im Sydney Morning Herald über den internationalen Schwarzmarkt für Körperteile. Tote aus der Ukraine für amerikanische Pharmaproduzenten mit Sitz in Deutschland und sowas.

RTI is one of a growing industry of companies that make profits by turning mortal remains into everything from dental implants to bladder slings to wrinkle cures. The industry has flourished even as its practices have roused concerns about how tissues are obtained and how well grieving families and transplant patients are informed about the realities and risks of the business.

In the US alone, the biggest market and the biggest supplier, an estimated two million products derived from human tissue are sold each year, a figure that has doubled over the past decade.

It is an industry that promotes treatments and products that literally allow the blind to see (through cornea transplants) and the lame to walk (by recycling tendons and ligaments for use in knee repairs). It’s also an industry fuelled by powerful appetites for bottom-line profits and fresh human bodies.

Human corpses harvested in multimillion-dollar trade (via Boing Boing)