Counterfeit Condom Ring: Police Seize Millions Of Condoms From Chinese Factory; 37 Suspects Prepare To Do Hard Time

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 15, 2013 4:47 PM EDT

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Police in China busted a counterfeit condom ring that produced unsterlized condoms claiming to be brands such as Durex. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Police in China have busted a counterfeit condom ring that produced millions of fake brand-name condoms in the Fujian province.

Authorities confiscated 4.65 million packaged condoms, which purported to be brands like Durex, Contex and Jissbon, along with 1,100 pounds of unpackaged condoms. Police said the smell of cheap lubricants was nauseating as they busted into the factory, where dozens of workers were lubricating and packaging the unsterilized counterfeit condoms; 37 people were arrested.

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The official People's Daily newspaper reported that the head of the ring, a man with the last name Liu, reportedly bought raw latex last December, then applied cheap lubricants and slapped popular brand names on the finished product. The factory produced 20,000 counterfeit condoms a day, with each fake condom costing consumers about 16 cents each.

The counterfeit condom ring was discovered in February through good old fashioned police work. One police officer noticed absurdly cheap condoms were being sold on Taobao.com, China's answer to Amazon, and he bought a few to test (No sources say how, exactly, he performed these tests). After he realized they were fake, police traced the counterfeit condoms to their origin.

In April, officials in Ghana reported that they were facing a "major health issue" when nearly one million counterfeit Chinese condoms containing holes made their way into Ghana's health services.

"When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease," said Thomas Amedzro of Ghana's food and drugs authority, or FDA.

"This is a huge, huge problem," said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. "There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous."

Amedzro claimed that the FDA had traced the condoms back to a company in Henan, in central China.

While the Fujian raid took place in March, it was first announced by Chinese authorities yesterday.

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