Land of the Free (Trade), Home of the (Slave/Black Market Trade) Brave?
Heads on a Plane!
Tails from the Crypt
Little Rock – A Southwest Airlines employee discovered what was described as 40-60 human heads inside an improperly packaged shipment bound for a Ft. Worth facility of medical researcher Medtronic. Although the practice of utilizing and shipping human body parts for medical instruction and research is common, a company official remarked that it is “rare for a shipment to be seized.”
Skullduggery or just more glorious black market monkey business as usual in the loophole ridden, Neo-Frat Boy Corporate States of America? We don't know, but a coroner had this to say:
"We've come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason," said Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper. "We just want to make sure these specimens here aren't a part of that black market and underground trade."
Whether dead or alive, human trafficking apparently isn't just limited to the LEGALIZED practice of living H-1B, F and L visa holders responsible for driving down wages and taking jobs from American citizens via the importation of cheap foreign labor, either! The article states that dealing in human body parts is LEGAL, too! Is America the ultimate Holy Land of Skullduggery?
“Federal law generally prohibits the sale of human body parts, although suppliers can be reimbursed for expenses in cases of legitimate medical education or research.
"It is a lucrative business. There is money to be made," Camper said. "We're hoping that this isn't the case."”
Don't worry. Just remember to keep your heads – and any other body parts belonging to your body's temple even closer.
Party on, plebes!