The National Police has arrested ten citizens of Chinese origin in the province of Barcelona dedicated to the illegal sale of condoms and medicines for erectile dysfunction through messaging applications.

The group, considered "very professionalized and specialized," conducted the business through women engaged in prostitution who were offered condoms and medicines, according to a statement from the National Police.

The dismantling occurred through two house searches, in Badalona and Hospitalet de Llobrega, in which 50 electronic devices, 20,000 units of condoms of different brands, thousands of units of drugs for erectile dysfunction of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and American origin as well as more than 15,500 euros in cash have been intervened. They also seized various topical sexual stimulators.

The products, which were also offered on a website, lacked medical control; neither in manufacturing nor in prescription. In addition to its commercialization in our country it also has a market in Poland and Italy.

The investigation was initiated by the complaint of a client who warned the parcel company of the "poor quality" of the condom of an acquaintance that had been delivered, which was brought to the attention of the company to the Police.

"The products did not meet the requirements for marketing in our country" and, therefore, their level of protection could not be ensured, according to the expert report of the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) to which samples were sent as well as to the distribution company of the well-known brand of condoms. This did not hesitate to ensure that it was "a clear counterfeit of the product".

The analysis of the computing devices, 22 mobile phones connected and linked to equipment, from which the business was managed, evidenced the use of applications to anonymize Internet connections as well as browsers that allowed them to go unnoticed on the dark web or navigate in incognito mode, which prevents viewing browsing history.

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