An overly ambitious smuggler has been caught by customs officials in China trying to sneak 102 iPhones into the country strapped to her body. She was stopped by customs officials while trying to enter the city of Shenzhen from Hong Kong. She is dubbed as “Female Iron Man” by local press after the incident.
When the woman was pulled aside, they found the iPhones and 15 luxury watches wrapped four layers deep around the woman’s torso and waist. The items were sealed in plastic and weighed over 44 pounds in total. The Apple gadgets were hidden under layers of clothes and sealed in plastic wrapping. Also, the metal detector lit up like a Christmas tree when she tried to pass through it. This, of course, instigated officials to pull her up for physical checking.
Customs officers became suspicious after noticing her upper body seemed to be out of proportion to her arms and legs. They also spotted the woman was wearing “more clothes than appropriate” in hot weather, according to Chinese media.
So why are iPhones being smuggled into a country that manufactures so many?
It’s cheaper to buy iPhones in Hong Kong than China, making it a profitable business for smugglers. An iPhone smuggling ring working in Hong Kong, worth an estimated £60 million, was uncovered in 2012.