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Ho Chi Minh City cracks down on illegal online cosmetic genital surgery services

Ho Chi Minh City cracks down on illegal online cosmetic genital surgery services

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 10:11 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City cracks down on illegal online cosmetic genital surgery services
Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health inspectors seized unspecified medicines from clinics during their inspections. Photo: Supplied

Inspectors from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health have recently uncovered illegal online services offering cosmetic genital surgeries.

This issue will be highlighted in the department's upcoming report following a month-long inspection.

The department plans to use the report to propose measures to the local administration to curb illegal health promotion activities.

A simple Google search for terms like ‘cậu bé’ (penis) or ‘cô bé’ (vagina) reveals myriad websites advertising genital repair services.

Beauty salons often use provocative language to attract customers to their illegal services.

Inspectors scrutinized ads from One World Clinic, a spa in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, which promised to alter the size of private parts such as the penis, vagina, and breasts.

They also addressed an advertisement for ‘Dr. Trong’ in District 9, which claimed to offer safe circumcisions using new technology with no pain, bleeding, hospitalization, scarring, or side effects.

Inspectors discovered a Facebook account promoting these services at a clinic in Vinhomes Grand Park, Thu Duc City, and took corrective action.

Similarly, UCI INTERNATIONAL, a beauty spa in District 1, was reprimanded for offering penis enlargement services, which were advertised on Facebook.

On May 8, a clinic named Mor Grand started offering non-surgical penis enlargement procedures.

District 10 Health Office inspectors investigated ads posted by the spa on Nguyen Ngoc Loc Street in District 10. Morgand Ltd., owned by Trieu Thi Thanh Truc, was inspected.

The company had a valid enterprise registration certificate, but inspectors found a customer, T.L., who had been injected with an unknown weight-loss drug.

The inspection team also found multiple receipt books documenting customer information for enlargement and weight loss treatments since early 2024.

They discovered unlabeled capsules and serums without Vietnamese labels or sources.

On April 2, the Department of Health cited Grand Korea Ltd. for providing unlicensed health checks and treatments.

The company was ordered to cease operations for 18 months.

The District 10 Health Office is currently handling the administrative violations related to this case.

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Thuy Duong - Kim Thoa / Tuoi Tre News

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