Chinese pills ‘made from dead babies’ confiscated

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Chinese pills containing human flesh confiscated in S. Korea. Photo: China Daily

Chinese pills containing human flesh confiscated in S. Korea. Photo: China Daily

SEOUL, South Korea — Add this twist to the scourges of human trafficking and flesh peddling: Pills sold as Viagara-style performance enhancers that contain the powdered tissue of aborted fetuses and dead infants.

South Korea has seized nearly 17,500 of the bizarre capsules from tourists’ luggage and international mail since last August, according to the state-run Korea Customs service said in a statement Monday.

The capsules were made in northeastern China in a stomach-turning process in which dead babies’ bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea Customs Service said.

Some believe the drugs can cure disease.

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