Nokyoung Xayasane
November 15, 2012

Ad Seeking Condom Testers Has Been Taken Down

It would be any young, red-blooded man’s dream: getting paid to test out condoms. A job advertisement in Shanghai was looking for just that, except with one catch: the condom testers had to be “lively and good-looking women” who are between the ages of 18 and 25.

The condom manufacturing company was offering each women a pay out of 3,000 yuan ($480 USD) per day to test out their condoms the old fashioned way — by having sex. According to Shanghai Youth Daily, 22 applicants had signed up for the job within three hours.

When the newspaper called the number on the ad, a man named Chen answered. He said he was an employee of the company and they had been hiring women to test condoms for several months.

He also said that many women had applied for the job, but all the openings for male condom testers had already been filled.

We can’t say we’re surprised.

“Although machines are usually used to test condoms, we have to hire women and men because we can’t afford the machines,” said Chen.

Sorry to all the hopeful condom testers out there,  but applications for these jobs have now been closed. The ad has since been removed from the after people expressed concern that the “job offer” might be a smokescreen for prostitution.

“We wouldn’t pay 500 yuan to 1,000 yuan per day if we wanted prostitutes,” added Chen. Although the men and women were required to have sex, he said it was a far cry from prostitution.

I can see this type of job being popular. Don’t people give sperm for money? Or have I watched too many teen flicks and comedies for my own good? Also, a lot of people take money for participating in drug trials. Although these medical trials usually don’t involve having sex, what makes this type of testing so different?