The police in Vietnam have confiscated some 345,000 used condoms that had been cleaned and planned to be resold as new. Vietnam state television showed dozens of large bags containing used contraceptives scattered on the floor of a warehouse in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong.

Vietnam Police Seize 350,000 Used Condoms To Be Resold As Brand New

According to the Police, the bags weighed more than 360 kilos, which is equivalent to 345,000 condoms. The Binh Duong Market Management Department was the one that destroyed the facilities where this crime was carried out. The owner was recognized as Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc (32) according to the Vietnam Market Surveillance Directorate.

The owner of the store confessed that she received a monthly supply of used condoms from an unknown person. She claimed that a stranger delivered thousands of these products a month and that her job was to clean, dry, and classify the condoms before preparing them to look new to future customers.

Vietnam Police Seize 350,000 Used Condoms To Be Resold As Brand New

No further details were known about the investigation, while authorities continue to investigate.

The woman arrested during the raid explained that the used condoms were first boiled in water and then dried and reshaped using a phallus-shaped wooden stick before being repackaged and resold. She also revealed that she received $0.17 (Rs 13) for every kilogram of recycled condoms.

At the moment, it is not clear how many condoms had already been sold. Police are investigating the possible ramifications of this case, which highlights the insecurity of condoms sold in Vietnam, where the sale of poor quality condoms camouflaged in fake packages from some of the best-known brands is common.

Vietnam Police Seize 350,000 Used Condoms To Be Resold As Brand New

A survey conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2019 revealed that 85 percent of the 600 million (60 lakh) condoms sold in the Asian country each year were not distributed by the original brands and that users pay little attention to the authenticity of the product and more on the design, the price or the fragrance.

A United Nations report in 2014 warned that 40 percent of condoms for sale in Vietnam did not meet the necessary quality requirements, increasing the risk of disease transmission and unwanted pregnancy.

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