A refrigerated ship carrying penises worth more than $1.15 billion said to be harvested as Nigerian stock has been arrested by Chinese customs officers. The ship which harboured in the Shanghai Port contained a total of 7221 penises of African origin hidden in a refrigerated freight container.
The Customs said the organs in 36 boxes labelled as plantains (cooking bananas) were shipped from Lagos in Nigeria but may have only transited through that country and could possibly originate from elsewhere in Africa.
The discovery of the supposed Nigerian penises was based on information from an anonymous informer.
Chinese General Administration of Customs spokesman, Li Wu, says an increasingly large number of armed groups in Africa use organ trafficking to finance themselves, making such seizures predictable.
“These organs are common commodities now, but they were certainly harvested in unsanitary conditions or contaminated at some point, so we can’t let them out on the Chinese market.”
The claim that they were Nigerian Penises was, however, in doubt.
“We know that penises from Lybia and Sudan fetch a higher price than those from other African war zones, but can’t presume of their origin before the end of the investigation.”
The Chinese General Administration of Customs says similar seizures may become more common over the next few years as armed groups in Africa turn to organ trafficking to finance their military operations.
Human penises were seized in nine cases since 2002, but today’s find represents more than four times the amount seized by customs officers over the past 18 years.
Describing the organ’s value as high as illegal drugs, he said that “specimens of this size” usually fetched around $160,000 each on the black market, and its total value was more than $1.15 billion.
The ship’s crew, four Nigerians, two Malians and two Cameronese are being detained for interrogation, but no charges have yet been filed against them.