September 16, 2010

China's dark side: On Yellow River, corpses mean cash

Wei Jinpeng is a fisher of dead people. He scans China's Yellow River for cadavers, drags them to shore with a small boat and then charges grieving families to recover their relatives' corpses. On a recent day, he pointed to a cove below and began counting his latest catch. He stopped after six and guessed that perhaps a dozen bobbed below.

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