Fear of human flesh market calls for investigation
Oh Won-chun, 42, sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering a young woman in her 20s, revealed security footage from Suwon. According to the prosecution, he cut the woman’s body into 280 pieces with a kitchen knife, carved out the flesh and removed her organs.
The Suwon District Court raised the possibility that Oh might be a human flesh trafficker, based on the clean cuts of the body, but the Prosecutor’s Office initially stated that it was highly unlikely.
Despite Oh’s death penalty, the fear of a market for human flesh spread like wildfire among Internet users who demanded a reinvestigation to answer the questions raised by the case. Horror stories are circulating online about human meat trafficking along with dubious material on cannibalism.
“The investigation must explain every facet of the case _ why Oh owned four mobile phones, who he had contact with and where he got his money,” said Jeon Byung-hyun, a lawmaker from the Democratic United Party (DUP). “A special investigation team should be created to get to the bottom of the human flesh trafficking suspicion.”
Jeon started a petition on Daum, a portal site, which has been signed by 5,898 Netizens as of 11 a.m., June 20.