A British man was arrested last Friday in Thailand for trying to smuggle human fetuses that had been roasted and covered in gold leaf. Chow Hok Kuen, 28, said the fetuses were used in black magic rituals.
Kuen confessed to police he had purchased the fetus’s several days earlier from a Taiwanese man in Thailand for the American equivalent of $6,382, which is 200,000 baht. He was planning on smuggling them into Taiwan, so they could be sold for 6 times that amount. Customers are those who believe in using the fetuses in ancient black magic rituals to bring them wealth and good luck, according to Colonel Wiwat Kamchamnan of the Bangkok police.
The Global Post reports that Kuen had 6 fetuses stowed away in his luggage, which was found in a separate hotel room then the one he was actually staying, in the Chinatown district of Bangkok, and could have made as much as $40,000 if he could sell them on the black market in Taiwan.
According to the police report, the fetuses, that had also been decorated with religious beads, had been between a 2 to 8 month development stage.
In ancient Buddhist rituals known as Kuman Thong a still born fetus was used in a ritual to bring a family good fortune and protection from danger, the body is roasted until dry while a Mage chant’s incantations of Magical Kata.
In today’s legal rituals, the fetus is replaced by a wooden figurine.
Kuen faces a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of 2,000 baht, which is about $638.