Police stop van on highway, find 200 human placentas inside

By James Griffiths, May 29, 2014

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Police in Jiangxi Province have arrested the driver of a van found to contain more than 200 human placentas, CNS reports

According to the driver of the van, which was stopped on the Zhang-Ji highway near Ji'an and has since been seized by police, all the placentas were purchased from hospitals in Ganzhou and Ji'an and were on the way to Henan Province for processing and sale. 

Dried placenta is believed to have health benefits and is often used in traditional Chinese medicine. Trade in human organs is illegal in China, but placenta seems to fall into something of a legal grey zone, with many TCM pharmacies stocking dried placenta in pill form. 

[Image via CNS] 

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