Thursday, July 25, 2013
Market For Severed Human Penis' Growing Fast
State prosecutor Cecilia Zangazanga made the observation as four people were jailed for trying to sell private parts for 8m kwacha (£16,000) in May, reports the UK-based Nyasa Times. Two of them were arrested at a petrol station in the capital, Lilongwe, having been supplied with the genitalia by a hospital mortuary supervisor and attendant who'd cut the tissue from a corpse, the report says. The quartet was jailed for a total of 26 years.
Zangazanga asked for a long sentence as a deterrent, saying the number of cases was increasing, reports the site which has correspondents across the southern African state. In April, it reported that a 30-year-old businessman was fighting for life after having his genitals cut off in an attack in the southern city of Zomba. After a similar assault a year earlier, the website called the trade a sign of people's desperation to escape poverty. Genitals were in "high demand from witchdoctors", while "merchants" also sold penises and testicles abroad, it said.
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