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Vietnam police: 345,000 used condoms were cleaned, sold as new
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Vietnam police: 345,000 used condoms were cleaned, sold as new

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Vietnam Recycled Condoms

In this image from a video report by VTV, allegedly used condoms are shown being packed for sale in Binh Duong province, Vietnam, on Sept. 10, 2020. Vietnamese police say they will investigate a factory that was found recycling about 320,000 used condoms for resale.

Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms that were reportedly cleaned and resold as new, state media reported.

Footage broadcast by state-owned Vietnam Television (VTV) this week showed dozens of large bags containing the used contraceptives scattered across the floor of a warehouse in the southern province of Binh Duong.

Police said the bags weighed more than 360 kilograms (794 pounds), equivalent to 345,000 condoms, according to VTV.

The owner of the warehouse said it had received a "monthly input of used condoms from an unknown person," state newspaper Tuoi Tre reported.

A woman detained during the bust told police that the used prophylactics were first boiled in water and then dried and reshaped on a wooden phallus before being repackaged and resold.

VTV said it was not clear how many of the recycled condoms had already been sold. The detained woman said she had received 17 cents for every kilogram of recycled condoms she produced.

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