How Much Is Your Body Worth on the Black Market?

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Organ trade is illegal in every country except Iran. Yet more than two million products derived from human tissue are sold in the U.S. yearly. One-half of those on the wait list die before their turn comes up.

Some resort to illicit means.

Of the 106,879 known transplanted organs in 2010 (still only 10% of the global transplant need), up to one in ten were from black market organs.


  • Hair – $70 for ten inches
  • Blood – $337 per pint (often done as “Blood Farming” by siphoning blood off of prisoners)
  • Bone Marrow – $23,000 per gram
  • Eggs – $12,400 per IVF cycle
  • Kidneys – $200,000


  • Corneas – $24,000
  • Skin – $10 per square inch
  • Skeletons – $2993 to $5500
  • Heart – $997,700 (legal) versus $119,000 (illegal)

I can’t be the only one to be contemplating the cost-benefit ratio of selling a couple of grams of bone marrow, right? Right?

Via Finance Degree Center for the full infographic.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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