Policemen and a Palestinian morgue worker are reflected in the door of a freezer as body parts from a member of the Abu Nejim family, whom medics said were killed by an Israeli air strike on Jabaliya refugee camp, are prepared for burial at the hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 4, 2014. A seven-hour truce under which Israel would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip went into force on Monday and Palestinians immediately accused Israel of breaking the ceasefire by bombing a house in Gaza City. Gaza officials say 1,796 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and more than a quarter of the impoverished enclave's 1.8 million residents displaced. As many as 3,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed or damaged. Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border shelling that has emptied many of its southern villages. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) TEMPLATE OUT
A revolting news was reported on Monday by the Web site World News Reporter, claiming that human meat is being sold openly in China and Taiwan.
The report, accompanied by gory images of chopped body parts, identified the city of Tiongkok as where human meat parts are sold, similar to poultry sold by parts such as thigh, leg, breast or wings. It said the costliest meat is that of females, specifically their breasts.
However, many readers who read the article think it is a hoax, and even noticed the very bad grammar of the story.
Alex Delarge said only an idiot would believe in such a news article, while Nica Alday pointed out that the woman in the photo doesn't even look Chinese.
Meanwhile, another Web site, Snopes.com, also debunked an Internet hoax story of dead babies or fetuses being sold for $50 to $70 in Taiwan. To make the story believable, the article was accompanies by a photo of a man eating what looks like a cooked infant.
The Web site said both Scotland Yard and the FBI investigated the photo and it identified the man as Zhu Yu, a Chinese performance artist who actually staged the conceptual shocking image titled Eating People at a Shanghai Arts Festival in 2000.
Since then, the photo has been included in several art exhibits and included in the Beijing Swings documentary of a TV show aired in the UK in 2003 over Channel Four. Here is a clip from that docu.
While the two articles are apparently fake, what is real is the trafficking of body organs such as the kidney, which are for transplant procedures and not human consumption.
Want China Times reported on Saturday that 12 Chinese men were sentenced two to nine years jail term by the people's court in Qingshanshu, Nanchang in Jiangzi province in July for selling human organs.
The head of the convicts, Chen Feng, is the chair of a pharmaceutical company in Guangzhou. From October 2011 to February 2012, the firm harvested kidneys from 23 living donors, which earned them $253,500 or 1.5 million yuan.
Chen did it by building relationships with many doctors in organ transplant teams in Chinese hospitals since he transacts with most of them for his pharmaceutical products.