Six human foetuses which had been roasted and covered in gold leaf have been seized from a British citizen in Bangkok.
The remains of the unborn boys were found in a suitcase in his hotel room in Bangkok’s Chinatown district was intending to smuggle the fetuses into Taiwan.
Police said Friday that they found the corpses packed into suitcases in Bangkok's Chinatown on Thursday. Chow Hok Kuen,28, a British citizen born in Hong Kong of Taiwanese parents, was being held for possession of the human remains.
The suspect bought the foetuses several days ago from a Taiwanese man in Thailand for 200,000 baht ($6,500) .
The bodies were so dried up that it was not possible to make out the actual ages .Forensic test to identify whether they were foetuses, removed illegally by abortion, or corpses of babies.
Police had received a tip-off that infant corpses were being offered to wealthy clients through a website advertising black magic services.
Kuman thong, an ancient Chinese ritual, is still prevalent in China. Some people are of the belief that dead babies and fetuses have “good spirit”, and can bring luck to those who possess them.In practice, the fetuses have been replaced by wooden effigies.