Bone trade worth over $600,000: These are not showpieces. These bones belong to people who were once alive.

India: We often hear and read about people in this world who are fond of collecting different types of things. Some also have the business of collecting rare and rare or unique items and later selling them to enthusiasts at exorbitant prices.

A serious increase in the theft of human bodies


The subject we are going to discuss with you today is the collection of human bones.

Yes, you read that right. We are going to talk about 24 year old American citizen John Pachiaferri. who has a collection of human bones worth six million US dollars. Which is worth 168 million Pakistani rupees.

John often creates videos and shares his collection on social media, which has led to a large number of interested followers.

During a tour of his warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, John explained to the BBC why he collects human bones, along with some interesting historical facts.

He not only explained 'responsibly procured' human remains but also the benefits of collecting them for the field of orthopedics.


Collection of human bones

Speaking to the news John told the news that in America and perhaps in some countries there are still quite a few old and ancient houses that have complete human skeletons or some bones in their basements.' He says that people who suddenly come across these bones and human structures do not know what to do with them and who to contact.

But John believes that the bones or human remains that he has is the largest collection of human remains in the country that has not only been properly collected but is also being cared for.


Historically, there are also evidences that the business of selling human bones was not only common but also practiced on a large scale. However this streak ended in the 1980s.

These are the remains or bones of people who have donated their bodies for medical research. John said of the bones in his basement. They were not illegally obtained from cemeteries or ancient burial sites.


A serious increase in the theft of human bodies

Before we learn more about human bones, we need to know about an oddity in the history of medicine.

In America and Europe, during the 17th and 18th centuries, human flesh and bones were in great demand for educational purposes. This also resulted in several incidents where dead bodies were stolen from graves. Several laws were passed to prevent this. One of them was the Homicide Act of 1751.

If a person is found guilty of murder, their body can be used for medical examination.  Says John. Yet the demand for human remains has not abated. As the situation worsened, the graves were surrounded by iron fences and cages so that no body could be removed from the grave.

The Anatomy Act of 1832 allowed the use of dead human bodies for medical purposes. If no one came to pick up the bodies in prisons, factories and hospitals for more than 48 hours, the bodies were given away for medical use.


Donation of dead bodies for medical research was also allowed.

The issue of children's bodies being recovered from India.

The bone trade started in the 1800s and was massive from the 1920s to 1984, says John.

Thus the bone trade began to spread throughout the world. In the 1950s, India was the largest exporter of bone.

Many medical institutions at the time said that if you donate your relatives' bodies to medical research. We are either willing to cover the cost of their cremation or you will pay a certain amount, says John. can be given to This created a lot of confusion and a lot of crimes started happening.