Over 300,000 Used Condoms Found Being Washed, Reshaped for Illegal Sale in Vietnam

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Police in southern Vietnam seized 324,000 used condoms being recycled for resale at a local warehouse.

The raid on Saturday led to the arrest of the site’s renter, Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 32, who had been receiving secondhand contraceptives from an “unknown source” every month.

 

The warehouse, located in the province of Binh Duong, provided Ngoc ample space to wash and reshape the condoms with a wooden dildo.

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The rubber prophylactics were then repackaged to be resold to the public, presumably at a much lower price.

Image via Binh Duong Market Management Department

Police confiscated up to 324,000 used condoms that weighed 360 kilograms (794 pounds), according to Vietnam News.

They did not have brand names and Ngoc failed to provide any documentation for the illegal business.

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Image via Binh Duong Market Management Department

It’s unclear how many packs had already been sold, but major health risks and STDs were feared to have been passed to users without proper sanitation.

The warehouse reportedly supplied market stalls within its vicinity, but it’s also possible that the condoms were sold elsewhere, according to CBS.

Image via Binh Duong Market Management Department

Ngoc earned 4,000 Vietnamese dong ($0.17) for about every kilogram (2.2 pounds) she recycled, according to Vietnam Television.

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The confiscated condoms were disposed of shortly after being documented as evidence.

“Condoms are classified as medical items, so we will take a look at the several laws that the owner has broken,” a government official said, according to Daily Mail.

Feature Images via Binh Duong Market Management Department

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