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. mk

    If no one objects to these moral crimes, and no one fights these DEMONIC ABORTION laws,there is no telling the levels of degeneration and depravity humans beings will sink to as any traces of moral conscious dies.
    It is up to those who are not afraid of calling this horrific practice what it is– MURDER, LEGALIZED GENOCIDE, to fight for and end to it.
    I believe we are seeing something straight from of hell.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger

    I guess there are more cannibals in this world then I thought. Forget the Walking Dead, they should base it on teh Walking Living.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Diamond Dave

    The chinaman is still, and will always be, the most backwards people on the planet. It doesn't matter if you host the Olympics, or send a capsule into space; the chinaman still cannot hide the fact that he is closer to the cro-magnon than to modern humans.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • UFC iTard

      Calling a population of people "the chinaman" is so progressive. So are inbreeding and living in dilapidated houses on wheels on acres of land producing nothing but lampshades made of human skin.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumfuq

      Really you are an idiot. China is the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth, with the most advanced and most ancient of civilizations. China appreciates the financial contributions of the crumbling USA however they should not buy anymore of your debt, and must sell off the unreliable excess debt we never should have bought.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diamond Dave

      So solly, would you like pill for PMS?

      May 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 112321

    Im on the fence on this one. Sorta weird to consume human yet we eat animals and think nothing of it.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • hungry1

      Would you still be on the fence, if it was you, who was on the menu?

      May 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ted

    It would be funny if they proved to actually work. Knowing our govt they probably tried this already.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • 112321

      It probably does and they probably did. Heath care is the only thing thriving in the US and they would hate to have health citizens.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted

    We already have pharmaceuticals taken from the womans placenta which is used for hypogonadism. I don't see the big deal. Babies are already dead.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. erik

    I want world peace and believe war and murder is wrong but china.... man you make it hard for me not to lose control and say to the moon with ya!

    May 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JCMars

    Coming soon to the U.S. Planned Parenthood's new product line in cooperation with Obamacare. An additional way to profit from abortion. Who says the Democrats aren't coming up with innovative ways to revive the economy? At least, the Chinese economy.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Tin Foil Brigade Is Here

      You are ridiculous in the extreme. You actually belong on Mars. Pipe down.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Soylent Green.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Too Much

    Pretty grotesque. You gotta wonder who would believe such a cure.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Runes77

    Dear God.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rosie

    Ok this is just disgusting.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Heywood Jablome

    Bear Liver, Rihino Horn, Shark fins and now Baby Flesh. What the eff is abou the asian culture that covets the ridiculous? I'm guessing black dong maybe next.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kapang

    Actually it's a new way of bringing in illegal immigrants

    Just add water

    May 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • doughnuts

      Then you'll just have soup.

      May 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. curt

    "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.

    They are also made out of dead humans maybe that's another good reason to curb their smuggling.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Exactly! They seem more concerned about the bacteria than the fact they're committing cannibalism!

      May 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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