19 Dec 2010

Where corpses mean cash

8:01 am on 19 December 2010

Much is made of China's remarkable economic growth. But it's also a country where, in extreme cases, corpses can mean cash.

The BBC reports that at least one boatman on the Yellow River makes a gruesome living fishing bodies out of the water and then selling them back to grieving families.

Otherwise the bodies would remain unclaimed, rotting in the river.

Some had committed suicide, others were murdered.