Published November 20, 2014
Thai police arrested a man Friday after finding the bodies of six infants stuffed into his travel bags in a Bangkok hotel room, Reuters reports.
Police believe Chow Hok Kuen, a 28-year-old British citizen born in Hong Kong of Taiwanese parents, used the babies in a black magic ritual and was trying to smuggle the corpses to Taiwan, according to Reuters. He was arrested for possession of human remains, police said.
"The bodies are of children between the ages of two and seven months. Some were found covered in gold leaf," Wiwat Kumchumnan, sub-division chief of the police's Children and Women Protection unit, told Reuters.
The corpses were bought from a Taiwanese national for 200,000 baht ($6,400), but could have been sold in Taiwan for six times that amount, Reuters reports. The infant bodies were reportedly being sold online through a website offering black magic services.
Kuen reportedly faces one year in prison and a fine if found guilty.