They say fashion should not hurt the bank; after all, it is indeed not just about the brand but all about one’s style and confidence.
But when budget constraints some people opt to look for cheaper yet equally fashionable option which could not be found in shopping malls but in thrift shops or commonly known as “ukay-ukay” or “UK” in the Philippines.
If nowadays, a single shirt costs roughly around 200 to 300 pesos, one can only get equally beautiful clothes for a good deal ranging from as low as P20 to 50. Yup, that’s how cheap UK clothes are, and if you are lucky enough, you may chance upon designer or branded clothes for such a low price.
Most of these sold in ukay-uka y shops are pre-loved or second hand and normally imported overseas, if you are one of the avid ukay-ukay dibs lovers, then you might think twice about having your next #UkayAdventures after reading current findings in China.
Recently, the Border Detachment of Shenzhen’s Public Security Bureau has seized a total of 549 tons of used clothing supposed to be transported from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.
Authorities said that the total of $1.65 million worth smuggled goods were mainly clothes that came from (brace yourselves) scrap yards, garbage dumps, and morgues.
Apparently, after getting washed and slightly repaired, the acquired clothes will be sold o consumers for around $7 per item while some were also shipped overseas and eventually lands in thrift shops.
Now, this is the cringe-worthy part… according to Center for Disease Control Doctor Wei Fang, these smuggled clothing has a huge potential of carrying numerous disease pathogens that could be transferred to the body through the skin, mouth, and other organs.
It turned out that some of the smuggled clothes were found with blood stains, so it means that second-hand buyer may be exposed to severe diseases like AIDS and liver disease through these pre-loved clothes.
Wei also added that these clothes may cause skin irritation as they are tied tightly before transporting so the chemical inside the packing lead to unwanted skin diseases.
What can you say about this revelation? Tag your ukay-ukay addict friend now and spread the word of caution.