A typical blood donation usually takes around 16 ounces of blood at a time, equating to around 8 per cent of an average adult’s blood volume – but Li had 27 ounces of blood drained from him each month
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A security guard who answered a fake job advert was kidnapped by a corridor and held captive as a “blood slave” for six months.
The man, 31, had 27 ounces of blood drained from him each month after being snatched by the gang in Cambodia in August last year.
A typical blood donation usually takes around 16 ounces of blood at a time, which equates to around 8 per cent of an average adult’s blood volume.
But according to the South China Morning Post the Chinese man, identified only by his surname Li, was drained of so much fluid that his captors began drawing from his head – because the veins in his arms were no longer able to supply blood.
The horrifying ordeal left his arms badly bruised and covered with needle marks.
His blood was reportedly sold to private buyers on the black market.
It was only this month, after six months in captivity, that the man managed to escape when one of the gang members switched sides and helped him get out.
He had been taken to the hospital after suffering multiple organ failure – but was now said to be in a stable condition.
Li told the South China Morning Post that he had been kidnapped by the gang when they discovered he was an orphan and couldn’t be used for ransom.
He had been lured to meet the gang in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region by a job advertisement from a fake company. But when he refused to join their online fraud operation, he was taken hostage and transported into Vietnam, down to Ho Chi Minh city, and finally, Cambodia, where he was sold to a different Cambodian gang.
They reportedly ran the fraud scheme out of the city of Sihanoukville, 95 miles southwest of the capital Phnom Penh for $18,500 (£13.6k).
The security guard, who had worked in Beijing and Shenzhen, had been detained in a room with seven other people.
Because his blood type is O negative, Li said the gang took more blood from him than the other men due to it being “quite valuable”.
His captors had threatened to sell him to illegal organ harvesters if he refused to give them his blood.
Li claimed he was also attacked with electric prods while in captivity, which the gang used to keep their prisoners submissive.
While the human body can replace blood lost in a donation in a day or two, replenishing red blood cells can take up to 12 weeks.
It is because of this that the Red Cross recommends waiting at least eight weeks before donating blood a second time.
China’s embassy in Cambodia had reportedly asked local police to prioritize the case.
It also warned Chinese citizens being lured to Cambodia, to ignore false ads promoting high-paying jobs and to follow formal channels.