Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new
The condoms were reportedly washed, reshaped with wooden dildos and then repackaged before being resold
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 lbs), equivalent to 345,000 condoms, according to VTV.
The owner of the warehouse said they had received a
“monthly input of used condoms from an unknown person,” state newspaper Tuoi Tre reported.
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Acoording to a woman detained during the bust the used condoms were first boiled in water then dried and reshaped on a wooden phallus before being repackaged and resold.
Paid workers were tasked with cleaning the rubber contraceptives before reshaping them with wooden dildos.
The condoms were then repackaged before being resold to the public and thousands had already been sent out to the unsuspecting public.
It was not clear how many of the recycled condoms had already been sold.
The detained woman said she had received $0.17 for every kilogramme of recycled condoms she produced.