Man Arrested for Selling “Roasted Fetuses” for Good Luck

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 18, 2012   |   12:35PM   |   Bangkok, Thailand

Police arrested a British man of Taiwanese origin in Bangkok today who was found to have six “roasted fetuses” in his hotel room that he planned to sell to businessmen for supposed good luck.

Chow Hok Kuen, 28, faces charges of hiding and covering dead bodies and a jail term of up to a year if convicted and sentenced to the maximum. The arrest followed a tip police received about a website Chow operated that advertise the sale of the “roasted fetuses,” according to CNN. Police eventually searched his hotel room and found six unborn children in total in a box inside his luggage.

Chow said that he planned to sell fetuses in Taiwan and that one could be worth up to 200,000 Thai baht, or $6,300, police said. He told police that the black magic rituals with fetuses are believed to bring good fortune for businesspeople. Police say it’s unclear where the fetuses came from.

The British Foreign Office confirmed the arrest and will provide consular assistance if necessary.

The grisly discovery follows news that Chinese pharmaceutical companies are selling “health pills” made from the bodies of babies dying in abortion and miscarriages.

Chinese hospitals and abortion clinics are notifying pharmaceutical companies when a baby dies. The companies purchase the bodies of the deceased children and reportedly store them in private refrigerators of families who are paid to help the companies  avoid suspicion by locating the bodies off site.

The highly-secretive process involves putting the babies’ bodies in a medical drying microwave and grinding them into pills. The ground baby powder is then placed in a capsule and sold as a stamina enhancer, according to the documentary.

The South Korean television crew acquired the dead baby capsules and ran DNA tests on them — finding they were 99.7 percent human. The tests also found hair and nail remnants and the results were able to identify the sex of the baby whose life ended.