Shades of Dr Hannibal Lecter and 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb, huh?
Initially, I heard this report from NBC's Kristine Johnson of Early Today as I was eating my breakfast yesterday. She smirked as she read the report, and was unable to control giving out a whimper and a strong "Eeeewwww!!"
And "Eeeewwww!!" it certainly is.
I did some Internet research last night and found that it was the respected British newspaper The Guardian which initiated the investigative report:
A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.
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".
[Guardian Unlimited, Sept 13 2005]
The company apparently seems nonchalant about the whole practice.
"Why the fuss? This has been going on for years."
If you've been harvesting the skin of dead people for years, the work becomes routine and boring. Is that it? Nothing shocks these people anymore. Well, I am shocked!
From what I heard from Kristine Johnson's report, the beauty products were being distributed not only in the UK, but in the US and the rest of the world.
Be careful of what you put in your skin, ladies. It may turn out to be somebody else's dead skin.