By Henry D Gombya
A group of investigative journalists are set to shock the world when they reveal how corporate businesses are minting millions of dollars from recycling dead humans often without the knowledge of grieving families. During an eight-month investigation involving 11 countries, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) found that the business of recycling dead humans has grown so large over the past decade that one could now buy stock in publicly traded companies that rely on corpses for their raw materials.
ICIJ also discovered that skin and bones donated by relatives of the dead are now being turned into many items routinely used in certain kinds of hospital operations, in dentistry and plastic surgery. “Distributors of the merchandise can be found all over the world. Some are subsidiaries of billion-dollar, multinational medical corporations,” the ICIJ said.
Announcing the launching of its new investigation, ICIJ’s Maria Walker Guevara said: “We found patients aren’t always told that the product they are getting originated from a corpse.” She added: “Distributors of the merchandise can be found in the European Union, China, Canada, Thailand, India, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Some are subsidiaries of billion-dollar multinational medical corporations.”
On Monday, at the Google Ideas INFO Summit in Los Angeles, the ICIJ launched its new investigation which they have named “Skin & Bone: The Shadowy Global Trade in Human Body Parts” .
We publish below, the first installment of a four-part series of the ICIJ investigation.