Americans Increasingly Turn To Selling Body Parts

bloodYour family might be worth more chopped up and sold for parts. Via Bloomberg:

Hair, breast milk and eggs are doubling as automated teller machines for some cash-strapped Americans. While Americans can legally sell hair, breast milk and eggs, the sale and purchase of a kidney in the U.S. is against the law.

In all but two quarters since the beginning of 2011, “hair,” “eggs,” or “kidney” have been among the top four autofill results for the Google search query, “I want to sell my…,” according to Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at New York-based ConvergEx Group.

At Shady Grove Fertility Center, which has offices in Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, about 13,000 women will apply this year to be an egg donor. That’s roughly a 13 percent increase from 2012.

  • howiebledsoe

    See, and who says there aren’t job opportunities for the next generation?

    • Anarchy Pony

      Not jobs per se, so much as income opportunities.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This is as close to enlightenment as most Americans get. . . .

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Overheard from amputee:

      “Ha ha! F*ck those stupid b*st*rds! I didn’t tell them that hand had carpal tunnel!”

  • Juan

    Such a perfect metaphor for our current state of affairs. It’s dream-like in its direct simplicity.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Wouldn’t ya just about like to see one of these drawn up for the Long Pig?

  • BuzzCoastin

    hair, breast milk, urine, blood
    have long been the “parts” of humans most often sold
    besides the whole bodies of slaves
    adding internal organs and eggs doesn’t seem that out of character
    especially when most sell their bodies & minds to corporate entities

    if O. Henry were to write The Gift of the Magi today
    maybe hearts & livers would be involved