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Was a Man's Genitals Stolen in Thailand For Sale on the Black Market?


Outline

Circulating report claims that a hapless male tourist in Bangkok, Thailand woke up to find that his genitals had been stolen during the night.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are nonsense. No such incident occurred. The story comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report, which claims to be satirical.  All stories published on the site are fiction and should not be taken seriously.

Example

Man’s Genitals Stolen During Trip To Thailand

Bangkok | What started as a pleasant holiday in Thailand rapidly turned into a nightmarish situation when Josh Brown, a 58-year old American tourist, woke up in excruciating pain to notice his genitals had been removed during his sleep.


Detailed Analysis

Report Claims Man's Genitals Were Stolen During Trip To Thailand

According to a report that is being shared rapidly across the interwebs, a man on holiday in Bangkok, Thailand woke up in the morning to a very nasty surprise.

Supposedly, the hapless traveller awoke in terrible pain and discovered that his genitals had been stolen in the night. The report claims that human genitals can command a high price on the black market and are consumed for their alleged aphrodisiac qualities.

The report goes on to say that the man is recovering in hospital but warns those travelling alone in the region should be careful of meeting friendly strangers on the street.

Report is Nonsense - Comes from Fake-News Site World News Daily Report

But, not surprisingly, the story is nonsense. No such incident has been reported by any credible news outlets. And, there is no black market in human genitals as claimed.

The false story comes from the fake-news 'satire' website World News Daily Report. The site includes the following disclaimer:

All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.
Thus, nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

But, because the site presents its fictional stories in news format and many readers will not click the 'disclaimer' link, a lot of people believe the articles and share them as real news.

Verify 'News' Stories Before Sharing

The number of fake-news sites on the Internet has mushroomed in recent years. It is therefore important to verify any news items that cross your social media feeds or email inboxes unless you know that they come from a trusted source.

Searching on a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a story is true.




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Last updated: November 18, 2014
First published: November 18, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Man’s Genitals Stolen During Trip To Thailand
World News Daily Report Disclaimer
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