By Katie Nelson
Image credit: @forgery.
This is so badass you guys. Not to be outshone by the great condom raid of March 29, police from six different provinces across China on Tuesday arrested 43 suspects who took part in the manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit brand-name sanitary napkins, China Daily reports.
Since February, Quanzhou police in East China’s Fujian province have received many reports from women who said they didn’t feel well after using the products, the ministry’s economic crimes investigation bureau said on Tuesday.
Police discovered a “major criminal network” across Fujian, Anhui, Zhejiang, Hunan, Sichuan and Hubei taking part in the ring which involved up to 150 million yuan ($24.4 million).
In March, police smashed 43 dens used for manufacturing, storing and packing the fake goods, and they closed 20 production lines, the ministry said.
Police seized 19.6 million sanitary napkins, as well as 100 tons of counterfeit raw material.
It wasn’t specified what kind of material was used in the products that was making women ill, but according to Dr Richard Saint Cyr, a health columnist for the Chinese edition of the New York times whom the Shanghaiist reached out to for information about the fake condom ring, counterfeit producers typically don’t sterilize the plastics that they use, and the products may end up contaminated with viruses.
Counterfeit rings such as these have long-been a problem across China. According to the Seattle Times, in southern China workers were recycling used condoms into hairbands then sold in corner shops to unsuspecting cheap hairband connoisseur.
People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while weaving their hair into plaits or buns,” a dermatologist told the state-run China Daily newspaper.
Gross. Let’s keep these maniacal criminals off the streets for good.