Saturday, May 19, 2012

In Thailand, roasted fetuses found in luggage - again

Here's something you don't hear about everyday...
A British citizen in Bangkok has been arrested after Thai police found six roasted human fetuses (above photo) tucked away in his luggage.

Chow Hok Kuen (above photo) who is 28 and of Taiwanese origin, was held by police after the discovery was made in Bangkok's Chinatown district.

The six fetuses had been covered in gold leaf after being roasted as part of a black magic ritual.

It is not clear where the bodies came from but Mr. Chow is believed to have been attempting to smuggle them into Taiwan.

The bodies were reportedly found in a different hotel from the one Chow Hok Kuen was staying at, but were in his luggage. 

Police made the arrest after receiving information saying that infant corpses were being offered to wealthy clients through a black magic services website.

"The bodies are of children between the ages of two and seven months. Some were found covered in gold leaf," Wiwat Kumchumnan, sub-division chief of the police's Children and Women Protection unit, said.

For being in possession of the foetuses Chow Hok Kuen could now face a 2,000 baht fine and a year in prison.

It is believed the corpses were bought from a Taiwanese national for 200,000 baht ($6,400) but street value could be six times that amount in Taiwan.

We say again because back in January customs agents at Miami International Airport discovered a pair of human fetuses in the luggage of two women returning home from Cuba.

One fetus was found when a sealed jar carried by the women was X-rayed; the second was discovered when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents opened the jar.

Why do we tell you these stories?

Well, while federal food safety officials say their agency has never gotten any reports of fetuses being used in food production, state Sen. Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma lawmaker has introduced a bill banning the use of human fetuses in food.
The bill reads: "No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients."

Hmm? Just some food for thought.