Counterfeit items being sold to the public is an obvious problem in this world. As reported by CNN last year, the counterfeit industry is worth a staggering $461 billion, and top brands such as Nike, Rolex, and Louis Vuitton are some of the most faked items sold illegally on the streets today.
For decades, condoms have given people protection from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and HIV. It’s always important to get the right kind of condom for your personal situation. Luckily, you won’t have to deal with possibly getting a completely defective form of birth control thanks to a plethora of custom officials.
Members from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Food and Drug Administration joined forces to intercept packages of fake condoms heading to Puerto Rico from an unknown location in China. The amount of false condoms found in a five day span was pretty small (40,000 in total), but in the grand scale, it prevented a plethora of incidents from taking place. The operation originally got its start on January 27 with the launch of the San Juan Trade Enforcement Coordination Center in Puerto Rico.
Vernon Foret, who is the Acting Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, stated
“CBP works with its partners to protect consumers from imported products that threaten the health and safety of consumers. Counterfeit and pirated products threaten our economic security and undermine legitimate businesses that invest significant resources into manufacturing safe, quality products.”
In 2013, 5 million counterfeit condoms were a few seconds away from being shipped out of China, which led to a major shutdown of counterfeit condom manufacturers. Unfortunately, 110 million fake condoms made their way to Ghana before the threat was officially over.
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