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Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 205–207 | Cite as

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers

Scott Carney, 2011, William Morrow (New York, 978-0-06-193646-3, 272 pp.)
  • Dominique E. Martin
Book Review
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For readers unfamiliar with the global market in human body parts, investigative journalist Scott Carney provides a shocking introduction to the world of organ brokers, child traffickers, and the many gruesome methods used to extract financial profit from the bodies of living and deceased human beings in his first book, The Red Market. Despite the growing body of academic literature on the subject of particular markets—for example, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes’ accounts of “transplant tourism,” Matas and Kilgour’s (2009) widely discussed report on organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners in China, and the many sensationalized media reports of organ trafficking, body “snatching,” and commercial surrogacy—more experienced readers will nevertheless be struck by the sheer variety and extent of the market that Carney describes. Unlike previous collections such as Commodifying Bodies (Scheper-Hughes and Wacquant 2002) and Body Shopping (Dickenson 2008) that have explored a variety...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FlemingtonAustralia

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