Police in Bangkok, Thailand have arrested 28 year-old Chow Hok Kuen, a Hong Kong-born British citizen, after finding a small collection of dead, roasted babies in his hotel room. The six fetuses, which were wrapped in gold leaf and tucked away inside a travel bags, had decayed past the point of recognition.
Although authorities are uncertain as to where, precisely, the corpses came from, they believe the man intended to use them as part of a black magic ritual that is supposed to bring prosperity and good fortune. Officials believe that Chow Hok Kuen, who was arrested in the Chinatown district of Bangkok, was intending to smuggle the fetuses into Taiwan.
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.
“We have to send the bodies for forensic test to identify whether they were foetuses, removed illegally by abortion, or corpses of babies,” arresting officer Lt. Col. Kittima Thongchai explained to the BBC.
If found guilty of the crimes, Kuen could face up to one year in prison and a fine of up to 2,000 Thai baht, which, at the current exchange rate, is roughly $63.88.