Are you an ukay-ukay shopper? This may give you a second thought when you feel that urged to “hop in” at a nearest ukay-ukay shop.
Recently, the Border Detachment of Sehnzhen’s Public Security Bureau had confiscated a ship containing 549 tons of used clothing transported from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. The police claimed the smuggled goods were worth $1.65 million.
The majority of the clothes came from overseas morgues, garbage and scrap yards with actually no value at all. But after they were washed and repaired, the clothes could be sold to consumers for several dollars each.
However, while others may look at it as an opportunity to buy cheaper clothes from availing used clothing, a doctor from the Center for Disease Control in Shenzhen posted a warning as the smuggled clothes may contain certain disease pathogens that could enter the body through the skin, mouth and other organs.
According to Dr. Wei Fang, some items were bloodstained and the buyers could be acquired severe liver diseases or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). It could even be alarming to children because they also include second-hand clothes for children.
The doctor added that since the clothes were tightly tied before they were transported, irritation to human skin can also be possible because of some chemicals inside the package.
Heading to ukay–ukay? Think again!