Skip to comments.Peru accuses four of murder, selling human fat
Posted on 11/19/2009 3:46:28 PM PST by buccaneer81
Peru accuses four of murder, selling human fat 07:26 AEST Fri Nov 20 2009 ago
Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing some 60 people to sell their fat and other human tissue to Italian co-conspirators for cosmetic use in Europe.
The suspects were arrested in central Peru this month and a search is underway for seven others including two Italian citizens whose names were not revealed lead prosecutor Jorge Sans Quiroz told AFP.
The fat was purchased "to be commercialized in European (cosmetology) laboratories," he said.
The prosecutor's indictment said the gang allegedly targeted farmers and indigenous people on remote Andean roads, tricking them by offering jobs before killing them.
One reported killing took place in mid-September to remove human tissue for trafficking.
The trafficking network could be linked to 60 individual disappearances in the central Andean region, although the ties could not be confirmed.
Police began arrests after discovering early this month a container with human fat that was being shipped to Lima from the Andean city of Huanuco, some 400 kilometres northeast of Lima.
Signs of "an international network trafficking human fat" first surfaced about two months ago, according to General Felix Burga, head of the police criminal division.
Peruvian press cited him as saying the fat can be sold for $5000 dollars per litre in European countries.
The alleged plot revived the Andean legend of the "Pishtacos," white foreigners who were said to suck the fat out of people traveling on lonely roads at night, making fine soaps, lubricants, healing salves and beauty creams out of the tissue.
Peru? They would have found a much better source of supply for their business right here in the good old USA.
Tyler Durden is that you?
Michael Moore has just found a whole new source of income.
One of my favorite lines from the movie:
"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."
Since there would seem to be plenty of human fat available from liposuction operations, without resorting to murdering people, it's hard to see how it could be worth $5000 per liter. Maybe there are not enough fat Europeans to meet the demand.
New business idea: “We buy your fat”.
George Soros is an early investor.
Flabulous story about criminal underbelly.
That’s what I was thinking. On a plastic surgery recovery board (makemeheal.com) people were asking the doctors on the board what they do with the fat and skin and such from their surgeries and they all said it is tossed as medical waste.
It also makes a eco friendly bio diesel.