The taxpayer-funded condoms, distributed for free across the five boroughs under a city Health Department program since 2007, are popping up in stores in the Caribbean country at cheaper prices than other condom brands. Health Department officials acknowledged they’ve caught some businesses shipping the free condoms out of the country.
LAS GALERAS, Dominican Republic — Have rubber, will travel.
Large numbers of the New York City-branded condoms that are distributed for free across the five boroughs under a city Health Department program are being smuggled into the Dominican Republic and sold for cash.
The distinctively labeled NYC Condom can be found in stores across this Caribbean country — even in this tiny beach town on the Dominican east coast.
At the Las Galeras Pharmacy, they are sold for about 50 cents each — a better deal than Durex condoms, which sell for more than a dollar.
A few dozen of the NYC Condoms are displayed in neat rows alongside other condoms, pregnancy tests and lotions in a glass display case at the front of the store.