While I’m a big fan of many things that are “Made in China,” I’m definitely scratching condoms off that list.
According to the UK Times, police have raided a number of counterfeit condom factories in the Central Hunan province, where shirtless workers are slathering vegetable oil on the fake domes to make them appear lubricated and slipping the completely unsanitized products into fiber bags for national distribution. These condoms, carrying famous brand names such as “Durex” and “Rough Rider,” offer little to no protection from pregnancy or disease and have already sold by the millions.
Pretend condoms would be a huge problem in any country, but they are especially troublesome in China, where a heavily enforced one-child policy has been in place since 1979. An article in the July ’09 issue of Time magazine underscored the extreme sensitivity of this issue for many couples, explaining,
“..as a measure to rein in China’s booming population, the law has faced widespread opposition from its first day. Because local levels of compliance with the law make up an important part of whether district bureaucrats get promoted, officials have often turned to harsh tactics — including forced sterilization and late-term abortion — to enforce compliance.”
Selling Chinese women counterfeit condoms knowing many of them will be forced to abort their resulting babies is like slipping an extra stick of butter into someone’s food every day and then threatening to cut off her left arm if she gains weight. It’s disgusting and completely sadistic.
Four people have already been arrested in the condom bust, and if you ask me, they should be locked up in cells with counterfeit toilets that spray their contents back out at you shouting, “HAHA, GOTCHA!”
Yea, that’d teach ’em.