Chinese man held captive as 'blood slave', had blood drained from his HEAD by gangsters
A Chinese man was allegedly lured by a fake job ad and held captive for several months as a "blood slave" in Cambodia. The man has been identified only by his surname Li. He managed to escape and flee earlier this month with the help of a member of the gang he was being held captive by in the city of Sihanoukville.
Li was lured by a fake job ad, and was subsequently held at gunpoint and taken across the China-Vietnam border. There, he was sold to the Cambodian gang running the fraud scheme for $18,500. Li's arms were heavily bruised and covered with needle marks when he was admitted to the hospital last week. Reportedly, 27 ounces of blood were taken from Li, 31, by the gang since August 2021. The blood was then sold to private buyers. Li is said to be in a hospital at present in a stable condition.
Li worked as a security guard in Shenzhen and Beijing. He said that he refused to work for the gang and help them in their fraud scheme. After they learned that he was an orphan and could not be used for a ransom, the gang decided to use him as a "blood slave". Li confirmed that besides himself, at least seven other people were held captive by the gang. However, more blood was taken from him than anyone else because he has the universal blood type O negative.
Li described how the person who initially tested his blood said that it was "quite valuable", and how he was threatened to be sold to organ harvesters if he refused to give them his blood. The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia has reportedly urged the Cambodian police to look into the case with priority. Staff was also sent by the embassy to visit Li in the hospital.
Reportedly, so much blood had been taken by the gang from Li that on the last occasion, the nurse had no option but to draw blood from his head. At the time, his arms could not yield sufficient blood. 800ml of blood was reportedly taken from Li every month since August last year.
Guidelines say that to donate blood safely, no more than 500ml can be taken per donation. The fluid does replace itself within up to 48 hours, but it is possible for red blood cells to take months to get completely replenished. The American Red Cross recommends people not to donate blood any more frequently than every 56 days. If red blood cells are being taken, the number of donations one can safely make becomes about three times a year. What method the gang used to take blood from Li's body is unclear at present.