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  • The Traffickers: The Girl in the Window

    The Traffickers is an investigative documentary series which traces the global trafficking routes of some of the world’s most sought after commodities: Gold, exotic animals, sex, even human body parts - anything can be bought for a price. The aim was ambitious - to give an exclusive guide to the global black market world, with high production values, excellent cinematography, dynamic story-telling and outstanding journalism. The series is presented by Nelufar Hedayat, who herself was trafficked as a child refugee from war-torn Afghanistan. During the course of filming, Nelufar visited 22 different countries, criss-crossing the world to follow the story. The Dark Side of Adoption reveals how American couples adopting babies from the DRC can be caught up in an adoption scam which hoodwinks unsuspecting parents into giving up their children.
  • What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?

    For eight hours a day, six days a week, two grieving parents stand on a South Georgia street corner with homemade signs, family photos and a question: “What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?” January 10, 2013, their 17-year-old son disappeared between classes at his Valdosta high school. The next morning, the three-sport star’s body was found upside down in a rolled mat in the school’s gym. Within hours of finding Johnson’s body, local investigators determined his death was an accident. A state medical examiner agreed and the case was closed. The teenager’s parents never believed the official story but their pleas for outside officials to investigate were ignored. CNN’s Victor Blackwell was the first television correspondent outside the Johnson’s small community to report the story. As other national and international news organizations began to take interest in the story, CNN continued to lead. Blackwell and CNN producer Devon Sayers literally traveled across the country searching for answers. They were the first or only team to report more than 40 major developments in the story. CNN has filed nearly two-dozen requests for open records. Despite strong resistance from local officials, CNN has exposed internal finger-pointing over withheld evidence and a compromised investigation, missing body parts and suspicious holes in school surveillance footage, which CNN successfully sued to obtain. After CNN’s more than 20 reports, each offering exclusive details, the Department of Justice launched a federal investigation into Johnson’s death and the sheriff’s handling of the case. The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office also launched an investigation into a local funeral home’s treatment of Johnson’s corpse. Those investigations are ongoing. Beyond reporting the details of a bizarre and emotional story, CNN’s continued coverage of the circumstances surrounding the death of Kendrick Johnson fulfills a core mission of journalism: It holds those in power accountable.
  • Skin & Bone: The Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts

    "Skin & Bone" documented how tissues taken from corpses in poor countries are used to make advanced medical and dental products for rich countries, fueling a Wall Street-bankrolled industry that has transformed what was once a non-profit system into a for-profit business. This story was not about well-regulated transplant organs but about tendons taken from corpses to repair injured knees, putty made of cadaver bone to restore teeth, skin from the dead used to replace breasts after cancer or to augment lips and penises through cosmetic surgery. The series exposed an ineffective regulatory system that does little to police the trafficking and processing of the material. The dead are, in effect, traded like pork bellies in a largely unregulated international market.
  • Brian Ross Investigates: Bodies: The China Connection

    The investigation uncovered black market trade that supplies bodies of Chinese executed prisoners for display in Premiere Exhibitions' for-profit "Bodies" show in cities around the world. The shows have been seen by millions and has brought huge profits to the Atlanta-based company.
  • The Body Market

    "The tissue banking trade has become a lucrative industry that operates with virtually no regulation or enforceable industry standards. Tissue banks approach families with heart-wrenching stories about how their donations will save lives. Grief-stricken family members who agree to donation for altruistic reasons are given little or no information about how bodies, or body parts, will be used. They also are typically not told that their loved ones will be parceled out and sold in parts to a mix of for-profit and nonprofit companies. When things go wrong, families are stunned to learn that they have almost no recourse."
  • The Body Parts of Business

    Tribune reporters found tissue donations agencies exploiting people after the death of a loved one and their "increasing reliance on the tissue trade to finance luxurious offices, cars, benefits, and salary packages that stretch well into the six figures." The Tribune also found the U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposed only minimal rules to safeguard the use of tissue and has failed to adopt more stringent regulations.." FDA regulators admitted to the Tribune they were "ill-equipped" and often unable to oversee the increasing international tissue industry. This series prompted an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a report was issued demanding more information regarding what the tissue is being used for be available so donor families have all the facts. In addition, the American Association of Tissue Banks examined the practice of its members and the info that donor families received. "The association also adopted guidelines for informing donor families whether tissue will be forwarded to for-profit medical or tissue processing companies."
  • Blood Money

    The Primetime Live team was "able to document and expose an illegal black market, trafficking in human body parts harvested from executed Chinese prisoners, for sale here in the United States. (The) story began in a luxury hotel suite in Manhattan and led to a restricted military hospital in the Chinese province of Guangzhou, as (the) reporters documented the sale of a prisoner's kidney with the use of hidden cameras, rare eyewitness accounts and a graphic video smuggled out of China of actual executions by firing squad."
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    What really happened on Mt. Everest? Men's Journal looks at the climb, the mistakes, and the heroes of last spring's tragedy where climbers scaling the world's highest peak lost consciousness, body parts and their lives to the extreme cold of the 8,000 meter summit. (August 1996)
  • Tiger Trade

    This was an investigation into the illegal international trade in Tiger body parts and derivitives. We went undercover to document the sale fo tiger parts and the poaching in India...to the consumption of tiger parts in the markets and drug stores of the far east.
  • "Body Parts"

    American Journal reports that tainted human tissue is making its way from Eastern Europe into the bodies of American transplant recipients. The investigation found that unscrupulous brokers had approached legitimate US tissue banks with offers to supply them with human tissue