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Body Parts for Sale by Desperate U.S. Workers

Hair, eggs, maybe even kidneys bring in badly needed cash
Body Parts for Sale by Desperate U.S. Workers
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Out of work for more than two years and faced with eviction, April Hare needed cash. So she took a page out of a 19th century novel. “I was just trying to find ways to make money, and I remembered Jo from Little Women, and she sold her hair,” the 35-year-old from Atlanta says, referring to the Louisa May Alcott novel. “I’ve always had lots of hair, but this is the first time I’ve actually had the idea to sell it, because I’m in a really tight jam right now.”

The mother of two went to buyandsellhair.com and posted pictures of her 18-inch mane, asking for at least $1,000 and receiving responses within hours. Hare, who also considered selling her breast milk (on sites such as onlythebreast.com) joins other Americans exploring unconventional ways to make ends meet as the four-year-old expansion struggles to reinvigorate the labor market.