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Pakistan gang ‘stole spinal fluid from girls’

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Spinal fluid is obtained by inserting a needle into the spinal canal

Pakistani police have arrested 4 folks accused of stealing spinal fluid from girls.

The suspects advised girls they’d to offer blood samples to qualify for monetary help from the Punjab authorities, police advised BBC Urdu.

Nonetheless, they extracted spinal fluid as an alternative, and tried to promote it on the black market, police added.

The gang is assumed to have stolen spinal fluid from over 12 girls, together with an adolescent.

The authorities grew to become conscious of the scheme after a person seen that his 17-year-old daughter felt weak after the process.

“It seems the gang has been energetic within the Hafizabad space for a while,” regional police officer Ashfaq Ahmed Khan advised BBC Urdu’s Shahzad Malik.

One member “went round posing as an worker of the District Headquarters Hospital, telling his victims they would want to offer blood samples with a view to qualify for the Punjab authorities’s dowry fund”.

“However as an alternative of taking them to the hospital to acquire their ‘blood samples’, he would take them to the home of a feminine member of the gang to carry out the process,” Mr Khan added.

Spinal fluid is a clear liquid discovered across the mind and spinal wire that protects them from shock and damage. It may be extracted by inserting a needle into the spinal canal, and is generally solely taken to assist diagnose illness in a person.

It’s not clear how the spinal fluid would have been used on the black market. The well being ministry has arrange a committee to analyze the case, whereas the 4 gang members are at the moment in police custody.

It’s not the primary time a health-related rip-off has made headlines in Pakistan.

In late 2016, police rescued 24 people held hostage by an organ trafficking gang in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan made the sale of human organs unlawful in 2010, however specialists say the nation remains to be a sizzling spot for organ trafficking.

Yasir Ali
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