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Through interviews and public records, Reuters identified Southern Nevada and 33 other body brokers active across America during the past five years.In three years alone, one for-profit broker earned at least $12.5 million stemming from the body part business.Reuters calculated that from 2011 through 2015, private brokers received at least 50,000 bodies and distributed more than 182,000 body parts.Body brokers also have become intertwined with the American funeral industry.Since then, more than 2,357 body parts obtained by brokers from at least 1,638 people have been misused, abused or desecrated across America, Reuters found.Last December, Reuters reported that more than 20 bodies donated to an Arizona broker were used in U.S. Army blast experiments – without the consent of the deceased or next of kin.
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