China's Baby Traffickers
In rural Yunnan, poverty and the strict family-planning policy spawn a harrowing trade in infants
By HANNAH BEECH Xicheng
Chicken street outlived its name years ago. When dawn lights the weekly market in this dusty hamlet
in southwest China, the village buzzes with tribeswomen in technicolor dress peddling cilantro, bananas and wobbly squares of congealed blood used to fortify soup. But there isn't a rooster in sight,
and an elderly shopkeeper can't remember when chickens last supported the local economy.
The town's most lucrative trade now comes from a man standing under a scraggly palm, whispering,
beckoning, pleading, enticing: "Come, come. Cheap, cheap. Baby, baby."
Drop in Executions Leads to Organ Shortage
With the Olympics in Beijing just 500 days away, China has begun cleaning up organ trafficking practices. Not only have exports been banned, but with fewer prisoner executions, a major source of organs has dried up. The result has been a kidney shortage in South Korea.
The preparations, it is said, are far ahead of schedule. With 500 days to go before the Olympic flame is lit in Beijing for the 2008 Games, construction of 31 venues in the Chinese capital is "progressing at a tremendous pace," International Olympics Committee president Jacques Rogge said this week. Even the new medal design was presented on Tuesday.
But the planning isn't just taking place on the streets of Beijing. The government is also trying to clean up some of its more blatant human rights violations -- like the export of kidneys from death penalty victims and organs harvested from minors. And it's creating organ shortages in South Korea.
According to a report last week in the dailyChosun Ilbo, the already long list of South Koreans waiting for organs is getting longer -- with the number expected to top 10,000 by the beginning of the month -- and their chances of getting a transplant are getting slimmer with China having decided to ban organ exports. In addition, executions in China have dropped sharply since the Chinese New Year in February, meaning that one of the primary sources for exported organs has dried up, organ brokers told the Korea Times.
Because South Koreans traditionally shy away from donating their organs, the situation for the seriously ill in the country looks grim. Furthermore, prices for organs have skyrocketed, with kidneys now going for $37,000 whereas prior to China stiffening organ export rules a kidney could have been had for $27,000. China has likewise elected to no longer give foreigners priority when it comes to organ transplant waiting lists.
China, though, still has a long way to go to clean up its organ harvesting image. David Kilgour, Canada's former secretary of state for Asia-Pacific, accused China in this week's Sunday Herald of continuing to take organs from jailed Falun Gong practitioners. Kilgour released a study last summer concluding that several thousand organs have been harvested "à la carte" from Falun Gong prisoners since 1999.
"I realize it is difficult to comprehend, but prisoners, especially Falun Gong prisoners, are being killed for their organs in China right now," he told the paper. "They are executing prisoners à la carte so that wealthy recipients get organs."
Men Arrested For Murdering Two Women and Selling Them as "Ghost Brides"
Shaanxi, China: 35-year-old Yang Donghai and two accomplices have been arrested after they murdered a woman
purchased from a poor family and a prostitute in order to sell them as 'ghost brides'.
The woman from the poor family thought she was entering an arranged marriage but was instead killed and sold
for a profit of 4000 yuan. The prostitute was sold for 8000 yuan. Yang said he would have killed more women for
money if he had not been caught.
The ghost bride trade is fueled by the belief in certain parts of China that if a man dies unmarried a dead woman
should be buried with him to give him a wife in the afterlife. Normally ghost brides die of natural causes.
3 'ghost bride' killers arrested
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BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Chinese police have arrested three men for killing two young women to sell their corpses
as "ghost brides" for dead single men, a Chinese newspaper reported, warning the dark custom might have claimed many other victims.
Yang Donghai, a 35-year-old farmer in western China's Shaanxi province, confessed to killing a woman bought from a poor family for
12,000 yuan ($1,545) last year.
She thought she was being sold into an arranged marriage, but Yang killed her in a gully and sold her corpse for 16,000 yuan,
the Legal Daily reported on Thursday. He and two accomplices then killed a prostitute and sold her for 8,000 yuan before police caught them.
"I did it for the money; it was a quick buck," Yang said, according to the paper. "If I hadn't slipped up early, I planned to do a few more
Cannibalism in China, Key Ray Chong
"the Chinese often ate their enemies out of hatred or revenge during wartime."
"During World War II, hate-cannibalism is reported to have occurred in China.
Later, as the civil war between the Communists and the Nationalists went on for control of China, some Communist soldiers were executed routinely in a far-interior district; and their flesh and bones were eaten out of a spirit of revenge.
One American priest told of seeing a Chinese Nationalist officer cut out and eat the heart of a Chinese Communist."
Gansu police discover remains of cooked children
Lanzhou (AsiaNews) ? Police from the northern province of Gansu have found two cooked human arms,
presumed to have belonged to children aged between five to eight years, in a Lanzhou landfill. A week ago,
121 human skulls were discovered in the same province. The news was reported by the South China Morning
Post, citing local sources and media.
Staff at Chengguan district's Yangwagou landfill found the arms along with other remains in a white plastic
bag on the morning of Monday 3 March. A local journalist said they appeared to have been “mixed” with
cooking ingredients, including ginger and chilli. "The arms clearly belonged to a child and had the upper arm
and forearm, and the hands with nails," the reporter said.
Top British transplant surgeons have accused China
letter from Albert Fish 1934
Dear Mrs. Budd.
In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the Steamer Tacoma, Capt. John Davis.
They sailed from San Francisco for Hong Kong, China. On arriving there he and two others went ashore and
got drunk. When they returned the boat was gone. At that time there was famine in China. Meat of any kind
was from $1-3 per pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were
sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street.
You could go in any shop and ask for steak?chops?or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or girl
would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girl's behind which is the sweetest
part of the body and sold as veal cutlet brought the highest price.
London: A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested
from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation has discovered. September 14, 2005
Agents for the company have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot.
The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to Britain, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about".
An agent told customers the company had exported to the US and Europe, and that it was trying to develop fillers using tissue from aborted foetuses.