Man selling dead human foetuses arrested
- Published: 18/05/2012 at 05:06 PM
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Six human foetuses which had been roasted, tattooed and covered in gold leaf as part of a black magic ritual and were intended for sale online have been seized from a Taiwan-born man arrested in Bangkok, police said Friday.
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Chow Hok Kuen, 28, was arrested with the grisly haul in a room at a hotel in the Yaorawat area, Bangkok's Chinatown, police said.
The two-to-eight months old foetuses had been packed as luggage and were set to be smuggled to Taiwan.
The suspect bought the foetuses several days ago from a Taiwanese man in Thailand for 200,000 baht ($6,500) and planned to sell them in Taiwan for up to six times that amount, police said. The origin of the foetuses was unclear.
They were to be sold on Taiwanese websites, police said.
"He said he planned to sell the foetuses to clients who believe they would make them lucky and rich," said Pol Col Wiwat Kamchamnan of Bangkok police.
The man faces one year in prison and a 2,000 baht fine for illegal possession of the foetuses.
In Thai black magic rituals, also observed among some Chinese communities, preserved foetuses are believed to bring good fortune to the owner and are often kept in shrines within homes or businesses.
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