Black market injections: Cheaper alternatives to plastic surgery can put lives at risk

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Women in the U.S. are risking their lives for black market injections to make their buttocks bigger.

Some want to fill out a pair of jeans. Others believe a bigger bottom will bring work as music video models or adult entertainers.

Whatever the reasoning, they're seeking out cheaper alternatives to plastic surgery and risking their lives.

Deaths from illicit buttocks injections have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York.

Some have been injected with industrial silicone by people with no medical training.

An interior decorator in Mississippi is charged in two deaths.

Though there's little data on the procedures, doctors and authorities say they're seeing them more often.

Online forums used to set up the procedures attract thousands of responses.

In a Florida criminal case, Shatarka Nuby paid $2,000 for injections at people's homes, according to police reports.

Nuby died on March 17, 2012, while serving a prison sentence for using fraudulent credit cards, including for professionally done breast implants.

She had gotten the illegal buttocks injection numerous times from 2007 to 2011, authorities say, and died from acute and chronic respiratory failure from the silicone.

Oneal Ron Morris - who was born a man, identifies as a woman, and goes by the name of Duchess - is charged with Nuby's death. Nuby's aunt told investigators that she watched some of the injections. Morris' lawyer didn't respond to a message.

Morris told Nuby's aunt at one time that she was using silicone from Home Depot, according to a police affidavit that charged Morris with manslaughter in July 2012.

The aunt said she could "see the butt rise" when the substance was injected. It was sealed with cotton balls and superglue.

Morris, according to the affidavit, assured the women "that the substances she was injecting into Shatarka Nuby would not hurt her."


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