A repugnant market is an area of commerce that is considered by society to be outside of the range of market transactions and that bringing this area into the realm of a market would be inherently immoral or uncaring. For example, many people consider a market in human organs to be a repugnant market or the ability to bet on terrorist acts in prediction market to be repugnant. Others consider the lack of such markets to be even more immoral and uncaring, as trade bans (e.g. in organ transplants and terrorism information) can create avoidable human suffering.
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The repugnance of markets varies according to time and culture. Slavery is a market currently considered repugnant while for most of recorded history before circa 1000 AD it was considered acceptable, and was still considered acceptable against certain people groups until circa 1800 AD. Examples of markets considered repugnant at one time or place include:
- Pregnancy/early childhood
- Drugs & food
- Social status/political power
- Citizenship and/or immigration (Investor visas such as the U.S. E-2 visa are exceptions. Several notable economists have proposed selling citizenship)
- Education[not in citation given]
- Lobbying
- Military mercenaries
- Political corruption activities, such as bribery and influence peddling
- Vote buying
- Currency speculation
- Gambling
- Predatory lending, especially mortgage lending
- Pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing
- Selling short
- Ticket touting in sports events and concerts 
- Usury (Has never been allowed by Islam and historically banned in Christian countries)
- Economic corruption/media power
- Certain prediction markets (e.g. 'terrorism futures market')
- Health Care
- Organ trade and organ donation from a live donor (Turkey and the Philippines are notable exceptions}
- Cadavers
- Life insurance
- Real estate in Cuba
- Real estate broker/agent profession or flipping real estate
- Metered parking
- Simony
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