Grave robbing is fueling a macabre market currently booming in the UK

Criminals are stealing skulls and other human remains from graves to supply the largely unregulated online market for human remains, according to a Live Science investigation.

One reason for this trend: Facebook and Instagram make it easy to buy and sell human remains, and it’s often impossible for buyers to know where those remains come from because the trade is international and thinly regulated. In turn, the demand facilitated by these online markets fuels the need for more samples. Retired medical or anatomical specimens appear to be the most common remains on the market, but experts say taking remains from resting places to supply the trade is a growing problem.

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