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American Tourist Tried Sending Body Parts From Thailand to The U.S.

November 17, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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An unidentified American tourist reportedly attempted to ship multiple infant body parts from Thailand to the U.S., police said Sunday.

According to the Daily News, Workers at a DHL shipping office in Pathum Thani province notified authorities after they discovered a baby’s skull, “sheets of skin” and feet preserved in formaldehyde in sealed bags inside three U.S.-bound packages, according to AFP.

One of the pieces of skin appeared to have been taken from an adult and was covered in a “Thai magic tattoos known for danger protection,” the Bangkok Post reported.

The sender allegedly got the body parts from a night flea market, according to CNN. The packages were reportedly being sent to three different locations.

“We have talked with an American who was trying to send the parcels to the USA, but we could not press any charges on him and we are not quite sure which laws we can apply to him,” Bang Pongpang police chief Col. Adisorn Semsawat told the network.

Thai police said they are investigating the origins of the parcels’ content. “They have been sent for forensic examination to confirm if they were from babies who died after delivery or in the womb,” Police Major General Chawalit Prasopsin told AFP.

Infant body parts are reportedly sold on the Thai black market and may be used in black magic rituals that are believed to bring good luck, according to CNN.

In 2012, Thai authorities arrested a British man who was allegedly planning to smuggle six roasted fetuses covered in gold leaf into Taiwan.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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