South Korea cracks down on baby flesh pillsPhoto: The seized pills contain the powdered flesh of babies. (AFP: Korea Customs)
South Korea has intensified a crackdown on the smuggling of capsules from China containing the powdered flesh of dead babies, taken by some as a cure for disease or a way to boost sexual performance.
The gruesome practice came to light on Sunday when the South Korean customs service said it had uncovered 35 attempts to import a total of 17,451 such capsules since last August.
The pills, which were filled with the dried and powdered flesh of foetuses or dead infants, were intercepted in the mail or in customs searches at airports.