On September 28, 2022, Yonhap TV reported on the seizure of the so-called “human flesh capsules” in South Korea, two years after the last event related to this contraband.
The meat capsules are manufactured from human fetuses that have been aborted naturally or induced. China’s active black market has been exporting this product to other countries. They are found in Vietnam and South Korea, where they were first seized by Customs in 2011, causing widespread public outrage.
After the first smuggling of this substance, a South Korean television channel SBS team conducted an undercover investigation. As a result, it exposed the gruesome method of manufacturing these capsules and part of the fabric of this trade.
Posing as customers, the team traveled to a small town in northern China to buy the pills from a woman who worked in a hospital.
In her apartment, the woman pulls out plastic sachets from the refrigerator and says:
“After taking two tablets a day, you will feel the difference after just one week.”
The nauseating smell given off by the bags permeates the room.
Aborted fetuses, one of them seven months old, can be seen in the bags. The fetuses will be cut into pieces, dried, crushed to form the powder inside, and loaded into the capsules.
According to popular belief, these capsules delay aging and even fight diseases such as cancer. It is also believed that the closer to birth the fetus with which they are made is, the more powerful the cure.
China’s one-child policy made aborted fetuses to make these pills readily available on the black market. The 13 million abortions per year and the corruption and unscrupulousness of hospital workers and pharmacists make it possible for the stock of fetuses to be constant.
The undercover investigation was conducted in several cities in northern China, including Yanji, Jilin, Qingdao, and Tianjin.
Traditional Chinese medicine pharmacies are, in some cases, the place to buy these human flesh capsules. Another form of illegal sale is the sale of human placentas and the remedies produced from them.
The footage shows a pharmacist opening one of these pills while explaining what was done with a fetus of almost seven months of gestation. The smell is disgusting.
He then comments: “They were made recently; these are really good for you. … Take it twice a day. Don’t take too much, otherwise you’ll get a nosebleed.”
Ending the agreement with the undercover journalist, the seller handed over the pills in a container labeled with a prescription for back pain.
Trade in these pills is most often found in communist China, but smugglers managed to open up the market, and South Korea is a lucrative marketplace. Capsules that used to be sold in China for about 70 cents can fetch up to $30 in the neighboring country.
Seizures of these products by customs have led smugglers to perfect their techniques, mixing the product with aromatic herbs to mask the foul odor they emanate and packaging them under the names of legitimate medicines to avoid them being seized.
Health at any price
The South Korean channel’s research team also collected testimonials from people who consume these capsules for their supposed healing power.
A Korean woman currently living in China said that after trying to cure her son’s lung condition in the hospital to no avail, she tried these capsules, and his health improved within a month.
Another woman said, “It’s really good medicine. You will be jumping because you will be full of energy. But the pills are now expensive.”
Some prefer to buy the human fetus directly and make the capsules independently.
As another woman states: “I would get it raw, cut it up, burn it and pulverize it. … It is widely known that it is very good for you.”
Modern science has not found concrete evidence of the therapeutic effects of this substance, but it has found that they are sometimes very dangerous.
The Korea Food and Drug Administration declared that “human meat capsules” are dangerous items that may be infected with bacteria. According to the results of the inspection of seizures in 2012, laboratory examination detected 18.7 billion bacteria in each “human meat capsule,” and even found hepatitis B virus.
Hide the facts
The spokesman for China’s Ministry of Health said at the time that its officials would investigate reports of trade but had no evidence of so-called human flesh capsules.
Despite the evidence presented by the Korean TV channel team, the authorities preferred not to comment on the matter.
The Chinese regime’s refusal to acknowledge that this trade exists, even though the practice has been widespread in China for a long time, shows how the CCP tries to clean up its image by hiding the facts despite being strongly proven.
The inhumane and immoral character of the sale of capsules made from human fetuses does not seem to affect those who produce or purchase this product. On the contrary, economic interests or a supposed improvement in health seem to outweigh any moral conscience.
In a country where the regime has promoted brutal campaigns of political, ethnic, and religious cleansing, sterilization and forced abortions, or even the mass murder of people for the harvesting of organs for transplantation, as in the case of practitioners of Falun Gong, there is little hope that action will be taken to control this heinous illegal trade.