Sometimes, the remains are used to save lives, such as in the cases of burn victims. The tissue helps the blind to see, through cornea transplants, and the lame to walk, through knee-repair surgery. But the trade is also driven by greed and vanity, including demands for penis enlargement, breast reconstruction and nose jobs – all aided with human tissue.
In this ghoulish trade, Ukraine is at the center of a poorly regulated industry.
The nation is a main supplier of human tissue. Out of 28 foreign establishments registered with U.S. Food and Drug Administration to export tissue, 20 are from Ukraine. It is all the more disgusting that the Ukrainian Health Ministry denies that any tissue from Ukraine gets exported.