Peruvian Police Bust Gang Murdering Victims for Beauty Fat

Body|Beauty|Sexy Anne here, and I’m about to vomit. I just ran into this story on Al Jazeera English, and it was also in yesterday’s NYTimes via AP.

It’s a small story and experts like dermatology professor Dr. Lisa M. Donofrio at Yale University doubt that there is a serious global market for human fat extracts. Nevertheless, Peruvian police have arrested three suspects who have confessed to killing five people for their fat.

Two of the suspects, who were carrying bottles of liquid fat when arrested, told police it was worth $60,000 a gallon. At least 60 people are listed as missing this year in Huanuco Province, home to drug-trafficking leftist rebels and the place where this gang is believed to operate.

Suspects said that they would cut off its victims’ heads, arms and legs, remove the organs, and then suspend the torsos from hooks above candles that warmed the flesh as the fat dripped into tubs below.

Police in Peru claim to bust human fat trafficking ring