Vietnamese authorities have seized more than 300,000 used condoms that were allegedly being recycled to be sold again. Workers were hired to clean and dry the condoms before reshaping them with different sized wooden dildos and repackaging them, local reports claim. The operation was run out of a warehouse in the southern Binh Duong province, which was raided by police on September 19.
The owner, Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 33, told police she had been receiving the used condoms once a month from an unknown person. Her alleged role was to clean, dry, and sort the condoms before making them look fresh again for new customers, according to the VN Explorer news website.
Provincial Market Management director Tran Van Tung said the condoms had been confiscated to use as evidence but will be disposed of immediately after because they are considered hazardous medical waste.
The Government officer said: ‘Condoms are classified as medical items, so we will take a look at the several laws that the owner has broken.’
Police found nearly 324,000 used condoms, equivalent to 360 kilos. It is unclear how many recycled condoms were already sold. Reports claim they were being supplied to nearby hotels and market stalls within the province.
The warehouse owner was taken into custody in the town of Tan Uyen following the raid. Re-using condoms risks unwanted pregnancies and the spread STDs.