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Hey, How'd You Report on The Black Market and Live To Tell About It, Scott Carney?
This investigative reporter on covering dangerous scenes and getting criminals to talk- May 31, 2011
Scott Carney got involved in reporting on the body part business through an unexpected personal experience -- he was responsible for exhuming the body of an American student who had died on a class trip to India, under his supervision as a teacher.
Despite the fact that buying and selling body parts is illegal in many parts of the world, business is booming. Classroom skeletons that sit in many of the United States' most esteemed universities have been traced to grave robbers in India. Tsunami survivors living in refugee camps in India are selling their kidneys for a fraction of the dollar that Europeans and Americans are paying for them.
In his new book The Red Market (William Morrow) Carney goes out on a limb to report on these nefarious deals, expanding on his work for magazines like Wired, Fast Company and Mother Jones. And his diligent research and willingness to take risks proves that, even in an era of watered down blogs and regurgitated news cycles, investigative journalism is alive and well.