Vietnamese Factory Raid Reveals 300K Used Condoms Sold as New

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday September 25, 2020

Vietnamese Factory Raid Reveals 300K Used Condoms Sold as New

Vietnamese police found over 300,000 condoms that had been used, repackaged and sold as new, CBS News reports.

Inspectors raided a factory just outside of Ho Chi Minh City, where the factory owner, a 34-year-old woman, confessed to having bought the used condoms from another vendor. According to CBS, the condoms were "washed and reshaped, then packed in plastic bags." It is unclear exactly what led police to raid the factory, New York Times reports.

A Vietnamese state broadcaster, VTA, shows bags of condoms spilling out onto the floor and the equipment used to wash and reshape them for re-sale. Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc was apprehended by authorities, saying she received monthly deliveries from an anonymous person who paid her the U.S. equivalent of 17 cents for "every two pounds [of condoms] she recycled."

According to The Guardian, police have confiscated bags weighing over 794 pounds, which they determine is the equivalent of around 345,000 condoms.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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