The Interior Ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee has confiscated thousands of prohibited sexual enhancement products imported from China.
The news was revealed in a press conference yesterday by CCC chairman General Meach Sophanna, who said that on March 27 police conducted a series of raids on three shops suspected of selling the illegal goods.
“After having some information, our forces raided the shops selling herbal Chinese medicine in three locations in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district,” he said. “We found that the products were not registered and some were past their expiration dates. We managed to confiscate 18,160 sex pills and other Chinese herbal medicine.”
Gen Sophanna said the products were to be taken to a lab for tests to see whether consumption would cause health problems. He noted that police know the identities of the owners, but will not make an arrest until the conclusion of the tests.
Gen Sophanna said the names of the suspected owners could not be revealed due to court procedures.
“These medicines were not registered – medication that aids sexual prowess and can affect human nerves were prohibited,” he said. “Our forces are preparing documents to send to court. The owners cannot escape because our forces are monitoring them.”
“We are examining the medicines to see whether they’re fake so we can proceed with the case,” Gen Sophanna added. “According to the law, producing and using medication that affect the nervous system, such as sexual enhancement pills, can land the perpetrator five to ten years in prison with a fine of about $12,500.”
Many sexual enhancement products are freely advertised online on social media platforms such as Facebook.
Last year, the Ministry of Health advised consumers not to purchase the sexual enhancement product Good Man because it was not registered with the ministry and may lead to adverse health effects. Advertisement for the product was displayed on Facebook.
According to a ministry notice at the time, the product was apparently manufactured in the US. It noted that the product was not registered with the ministry and that it had no permission to be imported.
Gen Sophanna said during the press conference yesterday that he was aware of the advertisement of the prohibited goods online, adding that the CCC will try its best to ensure the illegal goods do not reach the hands of consumers.
“We have seen a lot of online advertisements selling sexual enhancement medicines and our committee is working hard to prevent it,” Gen Sophanna said. “CCC will try its best to cooperate with government institutions to ensure the safety quality of all products.”