May 7th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Reports: South Korea clamps down on traffickers of 'human-flesh capsules'

South Korean customs officials said they are cracking down on an operation that is smuggling in pills from China made from the flesh of dead babies, according to Korean media reports.

Twenty-nine smugglers of "human-flesh capsules" have been arrested after trying to smuggle 11,000 pills into South Korea from China while disguised as tourists, according to The Korea Times.

“Some put herbs together in the capsules so that customs agents cannot distinguish the unique smell and color of the human-flesh capsules," a Korea Customs Service official told the newspaper. "Others put the capsules in medicine containers to deceive inspectors."

The pills, which are taken by people who believe they may help increase stamina, for rejuvenation or by terminal cancer patients, are made of powder made from dried fetuses or dead babies, the customs office told the Korea Times.

More than 35 cases and more than 17,000 pills have been found by customs authorities since August of last year, the South Korean website Dong-A Ilbo reported. 

South Korea's crackdown comes after a documentary called "Lee Yeong-don’s Food X File" aired in April 2011, describing the smuggling of the capsules as well as harmful effects of the pills. The documentary claimed that tests done in South Korea and by KCS showed that the content of the pills they received was "99.7 percent identical with humans," China Daily reported. 

The documentary team went to China, where they found and shot video of a hospital that sold materials, according to China Daily. Chinese officials said they have strict rules forbidding the sale of placentas or any medical waste.

The Ministry of Health began investigating the issue after the documentary.

"Since human flesh capsules are confirmed to contain ingredients lethal to humans, including super bacteria, we will preemptively curb their smuggling at borders to protect public health," a customs official told Dong-A Ilbo.

The website reported the capsules were being smuggled from northeastern China after requests from buyers in South Korea.

But now, Korean officials said, they will be putting in effect a significant number of measures to try to stem the smuggling of the pills.

Customs officials will be even more diligent in checking belongings of international travelers as well as global mail, Dong-A Ilbo reported. That includes opening packages and "checking all capsules and powder made from unknown substances" and labeled drugs that come from China.

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  1. fearlessdude

    So these bums take these pills and they die from it. Purification. Where is the problem?

    May 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      In other words if we had more people taking these pills then we would have less people taking these pills.

      May 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shaun

    On the other hand if these capsules contain a superbacteria, maybe we can get rid of the darned orientals once and for all

    May 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. **cosmicVox *

    @ svann, No, Actually it DOES.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hannibal Lecter

    A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      You guys who change your screen names to match the story just kill me! ha ha...uhhh metaphorically speaking of course.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leigh2

    Evil, disgusting, and sad. All rolled into one.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. **cosmicVox *

    @ svann, No, Actually it DOES,
    and China Buffet, pay attention or look this information up for yourself.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wishspell

    Now can we stick with buying American?

    May 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    checking the ingredients on the baby aspirin

    May 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • jross

      @Bill – lol!

      May 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. toadears

    Cannibals by any other name are still cannibals. EW. Just EW.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ug

    Now that is so slanted for the commies to do this...

    May 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. toadears

    Well, this certainly adds credibility to that Chinese defector protesting their one child law doesn't it? Now we know where they went. Recycled.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |

    From what I can see lila, you have been owned by cosmicvox, you should probably quit now.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Smile A Lot

      From what I can see, cosmicvox was owned by lila, you, I mean cosmicvox should quit now

      May 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wes

    "Soylent Green is people!"

    May 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. toadears

    It has been told that it is not the size but what you do with it that counts.......................... Your wallet, of course.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Emperor Vadik, CA

    At least the only person in the US who takes these pills is Rush Limbaugh, he's so bloated from them, and I'm just glad that they have the opposite effect...

    May 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I can't stand him, but when you die and they autopsy you, you are so corrupted and poisoned with politics that your liver will most likely be the size of a golf ball. Please don't donate your organs and waste their time.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
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