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Gangbangers Go Gruesome in the Name of Beauty

You might not want to read this story while eating your lunch. (And even if you're not chowing down, this news could make you sick to your stomach.) In a horrifying move seemingly plucked from the plot of Fight Club — you know where this is going — a gang in Peru has been killing people, draining the fat from the corpses , and attempting to sell it on the black market for use in cosmetics.

Police suspect that the fat in question was sold to European cosmetic companies, but there's been no solid confirmation so far. No surprise there, say dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. "I can't see why there would be a black market for fat," plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Katz told the Associated Press. Although fat can be used in certain antiwrinkle treatments, it always comes from the person undergoing the procedure. Such an awful story — made even worse because other members of the gang have yet to be caught.

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Pop-Champagne Pop-Champagne 7 years
#2 is an idiot to think that killing cows for meat is the same thing as this. That person should go work for PETA.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Thanks, kscincotta — we try to find the more unusual stories. This one is by far the grossest I've come across in months, though. I've always thought "gangbanger" is someone who's in a gang, which fits these guys. Am I missing something?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Thanks, kscincotta — we try to find the more unusual stories. This one is by far the grossest I've come across in months, though. I've always thought "gangbanger" is someone who's in a gang, which fits these guys. Am I missing something?
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
that is so sad. But then there are also other questionable ingredients in cosmetics that erks me like placenta and uretha.
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
Anon #2 is living in some alternate universe if he/she thinks that those issues are the same.
shayela shayela 7 years
anonymous one...you are a failure. they are KILLING these people solely for their fat. this is our biggest concern. putting it in cosmetics is horrendous too but its not like we feed rabbits other dead rabbits...come on now
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
...I feel terrible that I find this slightly awesome. :P That somewhere those scumbags are probably making soap in a tub. But no, that's awful. It's always terrible when people are murdered of course but I'm particularly disturbed when body parts are extracted after. People can be so twisted.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
...I feel terrible that I find this slightly awesome. :P That somewhere those scumbags are probably making soap in a tub. But no, that's awful. It's always terrible when people are murdered of course but I'm particularly disturbed when body parts are extracted after. People can be so twisted.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
Bella, I'm consistently impressed at your ability to find these interesting news stories that related to the topic of your blog. It really elevates a lot of the discussion beyond "Ooh, pretty perfume!" and makes this a consistently interesting blog to read.
Mariana48 Mariana48 7 years
wow im from peru, this is so embarassing!! i can't believe it!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
that's so sick
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
that's so sick
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