Markets in everything?

A gang in the remote Peruvian jungle has been killing people for their
fat, the police said Thursday, accusing the gang’s members of draining
fat from bodies and selling it on the black market for use in

Three suspects have confessed to killing five people for their fat,
said Col. Jorge Mejía, chief of Peru’s anti-kidnapping police. He said
the suspects, two of whom were arrested carrying bottles of liquid fat,
told the police it was worth $60,000 a gallon.

Colonel Mejía said
the suspects had told the police that the fat had been sold to
intermediaries in Lima, the capital. While police officials suspect
that the fat was sold to cosmetic companies in Europe, he said he could
not confirm any sales.

That's from The New York Times, not The Weekly World News.  Medical "experts" express varying degrees of skepticism about the depth and liquidity of this market, but if you read the whole article you will encounter some truly graphic descriptions of the production process.  Caveat emptor.


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