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The Chinese Black Market of Human Placentas

While returning human placentas to their 'owners' is a current practice in China, some placentas intended to be disposed of as medical waste may have a creepier destination if hospitals don't protect themselves from an evolving Dark market: the sale of human placentas. Underground dealers buy their discarded 'products' from hospitals, funeral parlours and medical waste treatment plants for around 80 yuan (USD 12). The products are also advertised online under disguised names. While this illicit trade should be punishable by the Chinese Regulations on the Administration of Medical Wastes, there are no laws specific to the sale of human placenta.

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