Customs officers burn 442 'illegal' sex toys as lockdown drives dildo demand

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated economies around the world, but it has also had some strangely positive effects. It has led to a massive increase in the sale of sex toys around the world.

But not only has it led to a huge rise of vibrators in relatively tolerant countries like New Zealand, Denmark and the UK, but it has also led to a massive increase in the demand for dildos and masturbators in Indonesia where such things are banned .

Indonesian customs officer Dwiyono Widodo told local news site Detik that the number of seizures of illegal sex toys by its agents has skyrocketed in recent months.



The seized goods are being burned by authorities – in a recent operation, 442 sex toys were destroyed in Bandung, the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province.

Indonesians who order sex toys or pornographic magazines and videos from abroad often receive letters from the authorities stating that their shipment has been destroyed for violating RI Law No. 44 of 2008 on Pornography and cannot be delivered.

A lot of sex toys do slip through the net, because for each large-scale retail shipment there are dozens of small orders for personal use: “Sex toys are mainly for private use. There are usually only one or two items in each delivery, ”customs officer Elfi Haris told local news site Waspada.



Customs officers burn 442 'illegal' sex toys as lockdown drives dildo demand

At a press conference, Widodo showed some of the items intercepted by Indonesian customs, including a male masturbator sleeve and a purple dildo.

Despite the high-profile customs operations, the rules are apparently not clear to everyone. Lian Kie, an adult store owner in Yogyakarta, Central Java, said Vice that we didn’t know that sex toys were against the law – we said there were plenty of suppliers and distributors in the region.

Despite the obstacles, people still order sex toys. Mathilde Mackowski, co-owner of Sinful, the largest sex toy retailer in Scandinavia, told Reuters, “It makes me happy that we are doing something right in this difficult time when people feel vulnerable.”

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