Chinese police have made yet another high-profile bust in the lucrative counterfeit feminine hygiene product industry, arresting two suspects accused of making and selling over 10 million fake and possibly dangerous sanitary pads.
One of the suspects, surnamed Wan, came up with the brilliant business idea after his bar failed back in 2013. He quickly got to work, buying office space, a warehouse and a factory in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. Authorities say that the hygiene standards on the production line at Wan’s factory were practically nonexistent, warning women that the shoddy sanitary napkins could cause health problems for users, according to a report last week from Ncnews.com.cn
These pads were produced at rock bottom prices, with a single box costing just 3 or 4 yuan to make. They were then packaged under well-known brand names and sold off to distributors across the country for between 4 or 5 yuan. Most of these buyers were small grocery shops who turned around and sold the counterfeit boxes for 10 yuan each.
Apparently, the company was doing some good business before it was busted. Nanchang authorities report that they seized 40 million yuan in sanitary napkins from the factory and warehouses — or at least 10 million pads.
While those numbers may seem impressive, back in 2013, Chinese police busted a “major criminal network” also operating in a number of provinces across China, and seized 19.6 million sanitary napkins in the process.
Investigations are ongoing. It’s unclear if the sanitary pads were distributed outside of China. Last year, a half ton shipment of radioactive made-in-China maxi pads was seized by authorities in Lebanon.
Meanwhile, women inside of China are not pleased with the two suspects.
“We women are already in pain during our period and you (the suspects) produce fake sanitary towels. You are not human. I suggest they be sentenced to death,” gbtimes.com quotes one netizen as commenting.
Chinese police would like to remind women to check the packaging before buying sanitary napkins, and to avoid buying discounted products.
[Images via Ncnews.com.cn]