No, that is not a typo. A South Korean SBS TV documentary accused Chinese pharmaceutical companies in 2011 of selling “stamina pills” that contain ground up dead babies. The report claims that certain hospitals and abortion clinics sell baby corpses to the companies, who then use their bodies to grind up for their stamina pill ingredients. The team ran a DNA test, and found that the pills were 99.7 percent human. They were even able to tell the gender of the baby.
Babies Left to Die, Ground up into Pills
According to the documentary, Chinese hospitals and abortion clinics give stillborns and aborted babies to drug companies, but reports suggest that some of these remains even come from China’s infamous “dying rooms.” These are places in which babies are left intentionally to perish when families cannot—or, for the legal limit of having only one child lest a fee or even a physical beating be incurred by officials, will not—raise them. Chinese hospitals perform about 13 million abortions annually to keep its enormous population in check.
The companies then take the infant remains to families who are secretively instructed to keep the babies in their own homes so the companies avoid suspicion. The remains are put into medical drying microwaves and ground into pills, finally sold as so-called stamina boosters. Since August 2011, over 35 smuggling attempts of at least 17,000 capsules have been made.
The ingredients list doesn’t mention, of course, the super bacteria and other harmful ingredients in the pills. Just in case it doesn’t bother the consumers that they’re eating people.
The Daily Mail says the Chinese officials likely know about the trade and have attempted interrupting it, but ethnic Koreans from China smuggling the capsules to South Korea were thwarting their efforts.
“They are normally brought into South Korea in luggage or posted by international mail.”
While many capsules have been confiscated, punishment has been absent due to its small amount and intended, personal use. Moreover, South Korean officials seem reluctant to ruffle feathers in China when diplomatic tensions remain, as ever, fragile.