Desperate times: U.S. women selling hair, breast milk to survive
NaturalNews) As wages remain low and unemployment remains high despite increasing corporate profits, US women are increasingly looking to supplement their incomes by selling their hair, eggs and even breast milk, a recent Bloomberg article reports.
According to market strategist Nicholas Colas of the brokerage and trading services company ConvergEx Group, at least one of the top four auto-fill results for the Google search “I want to sell my…” has been “hair,” “eggs” or “kidney” in nine of the 11 fiscal quarters since the beginning of 2011.
Colas, who tracks off-the-grid indicators of economic health, notes that the sale of internal organs such as kidneys is illegal in the United States (with the potential exception of eggs, depending on your definition of “internal organ”).
“The fact that people even explore [kidney donation] indicates that there are still a lot of people worried about their financial outlook,” Colas said. “This is very much unlike every other recovery that we’ve had. It’s going to be a slow-grinding, very frustrating recovery.”
Colas noted that the prevalence of such Internet searches is not necessarily an indicator of how many actual sales are taking place.
“If you’ve been unemployed for years, if you’re on food stamps and you’ve had trouble getting by, I can totally see you being very economically desperate,” Colas said. “I don’t think a lot of people sell their kidneys. I do think a lot of people in desperation do that search to say, ‘If worse comes to worst what could I do?'”