(The Sun) – Human skulls and other bones are being sold for a mint across the UK as part of a sick new online trend. The remains are often decorated with faux tribal makeovers to help sell them on a ghastly market based on Instagram. One seller, Henry Scragg, has more than 34,000 followers on the photo-sharing app. And while your average Joe may see the practice as a little sinister, those within the community see it as simply an eccentric hobby. “People outside of the community often see what we do as maybe a little


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disturbing,” Debbie Reynders, a Belgian collector and trader with almost 4,000 followers on Instagram, told Wired. “But the people who collect and trade are really genuine people, open and lovely. But a bit guarded.” Remarkably, trading human bones is technically legal in the UK, so Instagram has no obligation to shut the accounts down. Sellers used to rely on eBay until the site banned the sale of human remains in 2016. To trade bones or other artifacts, sellers will post a picture with hashtags like “#skull” or “#skeleton”, and a price in the comments below. READ MORE

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