Shanghai police busted an illegal â€ª#â€Žcondomâ€¬ workshop on Tuesday, and confiscated about 3 million fake condoms.
The fake goods were all produced inside the well-equipped workshop, and were sold online under big name brands such as Durex and Jissbon to small hotels.
While the online cost was only 0.1 yuan ($0.016) per item, the hotels made a hefty profit by selling them to customers for around 3 yuan ($0.5), according to Xinâ€™an Evening News.
Zhang Wenliang, a Shanghai police officer on the case, explained that the issue was more than just about using fake branding.
â€œThe materials used in these products are of very low quality, and have a disgusting smell,â€ said Zhang, â€œHeavy metal elements were tested in them, which are very harmful to the human body.â€
The case involved over 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) at large. Up to eight municipalities and provinces in China, including Shanghai, Guangdong and Shaanxi, have seen the fake condoms circulating. Police have taken down nine similar workshops across the nation, while investigations are ongoing.
The condoms were destined for Nairobi!