A human hand and three placentas were sent from a university in Brazil, destined for an unorthodox fashion designer in Singapore, in an alleged human organ trafficking case, according to Brazilian Federal Police.
The hand and placentas were plastinated, a common preservation method for museums and research, before being shipped from Amazonas State University (UEA) in Manaus, Brazil. Police then carried out an anti-trafficking raid after receiving reports of possible trafficking in human remains, and a professor from the school’s anatomy lab was arrested. suspended. If found guilty of international trafficking in human organs, he faces up to 8 years in prison.
“According to investigations, the defendants are sending plastinated human organs to Singapore. Plastination is a modern technical process for the preservation of biological material, which essentially consists of eliminating bodily fluids (water and fixing solutions) and fats, by chemical methods, replacing them with plastic resins such as silicone, polyester and epoxy, which gives a dry, odorless and durable result. tissues,” Brazilian Federal Police said in a statement.
It is believed that the remains were to be used by a famous Indonesian fashion designer to make “accessories/clothing with human material”. Designer Arnold Putra has been criticized in the past for “designer” accessories made from human remains after creating a “ethically sourced” human spine bag and alligator tongues, with some media reporting that the spine is that of a child. Putra claimed he had paperwork showing the parts were from a medical surplus in Canada.
In the words of a Brazilian federal police agent on a secure line for Vicethe remains had already left the Brazilian borders and it is not known if they have already been intercepted.