May 7, 2012
Pills Containing Baby Flesh Seized By Korean Customs Officials
South Korean customs officials have discovered thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh, which some residents of the country believe is a miracle cure for a variety of medical issues.
According to BBC News reports published Monday, officials report that they have discovered nearly 17,500 capsules containing powdered flesh from dead infants and fetuses since last August. The pills, which some believe have the power to cure diseases and provide a stamina boost, were being smuggled into the country from China, the UK news organization added.
Daily Mail reporters Richard Shears and Rob Cooper say that the Chinese medical professionals behind the gruesome practice are contacting pharmaceutical companies following abortions or when children are delivered still-born. Their bodies are purchased, stored in household refrigerators belonging to individuals involved in the trade. The corpses and are eventually transported to clinics where they are "placed in medical drying microwaves," then "pummeled into powder" and added to the capsules.
"The smugglers told customs officials they believed the capsules were ordinary stamina boosters and did not know the ingredients or manufacturing process," the UK newspaper The Telegraph reported. "Ethnic Koreans from northeastern China who now live in South Korea were intending to use the capsules themselves or share them with other Korean-Chinese, a customs official said. They were carried in luggage or sent by international mail."
"The capsules were all confiscated but no one has been punished because the amount was deemed small and they weren't intended for sale, said the customs official, who requested anonymity, citing department rules," they added. "China's State Food and Drug Administration and its Health Ministry did not immediately respond to questions faxed to them Monday. Chinese media identify northeastern China as the source of such products, especially Jilin province which abuts North Korea."
A total of 35 smuggling attempts of a total of 17,450 pills have been attempted since August 2011, Associated Press (AP) reporter Hyung-Jim Kim said. The pills were disguised as ordinary stamina boosters, but were found to contain human flesh, bacteria, and other harmful substances, Kim added.
The trade is the subject of a South Korean SBS television documentary, the San Francisco Times reported over the weekend. They claim that experts who had acquired the capsules ran DNA tests on them, discovering that they were 99.7% human and contained hair and nail materials. Furthermore, even the genders of the babies used to create the drugs could be discerned through their analysis.