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Bone traders sell human remains on Instagram

There is a thriving online trade in human skeletal remains of actual or alleged archaeological, ethnographic, historic or recent anatomical origin. The trade in authentic archaeological and/or ethnographic items are typically collected against the wishes of descent communities concerned. As a result of recent attempts to ban the sale of human remains on eBay and Etsy, this grisly trade has consolidated on social media platforms. The bone trade flourishes on Instagram and Facebook, operating inside several public and closed groups, and an unknown number of “secret” groups, as well as on certain international e-commerce platforms.

Although not all human remains trafficking is illegal, ACCO experts monitoring U.S. social media platforms have recorded evidence of the illegal import, export and advertised sale of recently buried remains, items of Indigenous cultural heritage made from human remains, and other clear violations of the law.

ACCO Experts Find Human Remains Trade of Social Media

Over the course of a four-year investigation to date, ACCO experts Shawn Graham and Damien Huffer have found hundreds of examples of questionable, likely illegally obtained, human remains being sold.

ACCO Experts Find Human Remains Trade of Social Media

Over the course of a four-year investigation to date, ACCO experts Shawn Graham and Damien Huffer have found hundreds of examples of questionable, likely illegally obtained, human remains being sold.

Likes for Popular Instagram Accounts Selling Body Parts

People are racking up thousands of followers with picturesque images of skulls, shrunken heads, and babies in jars.

Likes for Popular Instagram Accounts Selling Body Parts

People are racking up thousands of followers with picturesque images of skulls, shrunken heads, and babies in jars.