For better prices, they washed the corpses, dyed the hair, inflated the breasts and forged identity cards to pass the corpses for young girls’.
The four criminals were given sentences of imprisonment from 2 years 4 months to 2 years 8 months.
When a single male or female dies, the family looks for the corpse of the opposite sex to be buried along with the deceased in order to preventing the deceased from feeling lonely.
The practice is in such vogue that a corpse, especially a female one, can fetch 10,000 to 40,000 yuan (1600 – 6400 dollars), quite a lot of money in those poor rural areas.
A mentally retarded young girl was killed for sale of her corpse in Shaanxi Province in the same year.Source: Summary of translation of reports by Ming Pao, Xian Evening News
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