A special investigation by al Guardian has revealed that a Chinese cosmetics company is exporting skin care products that are made from the skin of prisoners who were shot.
No, I'm not kidding: "The beauty products from the skin of executed Chinese prisoners":
Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to the UK, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about".
Al Guardian has not identified the company, and they may in fact be a supplier for other companies...
"We are still in the early days of selling these products, and clients from abroad are quite surprised that China can manufacture the same human collagen for less than 5% of what it costs in the west." Skin from prisoners used to be even less expensive, he said. "Nowadays there is a certain fee that has to be paid to the court."
There's more at the link. Print it out and read it at your favorite Chinese restaurant.
Miscellania · Tue, 09/13/2005 - 21:00 · Importance: 1