Buying condoms in Vietnam has become a risky sport since last weekend authorities seized 345,000 used condoms for resale at a factory in Binh Duong Province, near Ho Chi Minh City.
Piracy in contraceptive products is very recurrent in this Asian countrySo much so that most of the marketed prophylactics are not distributed by official brands but they are camouflaged with their packaging. And, a survey, carried out by the Ministry of Health in 2019, revealed that 85 percent of the 600 million condoms sold annually in the country were not directly distributed by the original brands, which increased the risk of disease transmission and unwanted pregnancies.
Police indicated that lThe bags full of prophylactics stored at the factory weighed over 360 kilos, which would be equivalent to about 345,000 condoms, which were being packed by the workers to be subsequently distributed in the market.
The owner of the factory, Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, confessed, in statements collected by the newspaper Your Three, what He received shipments of used condoms every month and to clean them he boiled them in water, allowed them to dry and shaped them with a wooden device with a phallic shape. And, once prepared, he sold them at an approximate price of 0.17 dollars per kg.
Vietnamese security forces continue to investigate the possible ramifications of this case, as the sale of low-quality condoms camouflaged in fake packages of some leading brands such asDurex, Ok The Sureit is very common in that country.
In fact, this seizure has not been the only one, since last year the police even arrested four people who ran a pirate condom and lubricant factory.
The concern and fear of the Vietnamese population for this matter has led to protests such as that of the artist Nguyen Minh Tuan, which in 2014 directed a fashion show focused on reconstructed condom-based costumes. An action aimed at raising awareness and normalizing their use “in quality stores that guarantee safety”.