The Disturbing Trade in Human Body Parts in South Africa (2000)

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Strong Medicine (2002) – For centuries, human body parts have been associated with supernatural powers in several African belief systems. This has now led to a systematised underground trade.

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Ancient beliefs hold that hands, feet, and any other human parts can be used in the making of powerful medicines and spells. Ernest Mabuda butchered his 22-month-old baby to sell her body parts. “He believed within two weeks or so he shall have obtained a muti which will help to cure AIDS,” explains the prosecuting lawyer. High demand has led to yet higher levels of ever more brutal crime, and even leading Johannesburg hospitals have been linked with the trade. Gripping undercover footage showing people bartering over body parts and harrowing testimonies from victims of mutilations combine to make a truly spine-chilling tale.

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