A prostitute in fear of being sent to prison pulled her client’s condom off his joystick and swallowed it whole to try and destroy the evidence.
The 48-year-old Vietnamese national named Dang was found guilty of perjury after misleading police following a crackdown on sex workers.
She was jailed for two months for lying to a local court in Western Taiwan after claiming that she did not have sex with her client, identified as Yao.
Identified only as Dang, she will not be punished for trying to destroy evidence because the condom was never found.
Police raided the ‘health spa’ at 9pm on March 14 and found her in a room on the first floor.
Dang and Yao were questioned separately on prostitution charges and Dang denied any illegal activity.
However, her client admitted they were ‘halfway through’ having sex when police smashed their way in through the front door and said that Dang quickly removed the condom.
Officers searched the room after finding a condom wrapper and later reported that she was constantly asking for water.
She was taken to Jen-Ai Hospital in neighbouring Taichung City where scans revealed a ‘shadow’ in her chest, which police believed was the condom.
As a result, they were never able to formally charge Dang with destruction of evidence.
Doctors at the facility said the woman – had she really swallowed the condom as suspected – risked having the rubber lodged in her upper respiratory tract or somewhere in her digestive system, which would require surgery to extract in the future.
However, it could also be digested without obstruction.
The woman’s client and another massage parlour worker were also punished, but their sentences have not been revealed.