New Delhi: China has become the world’s biggest sex toy producer, despite the country being known for its conservative stance on several issues, including sex.
China produces about 70 percent of the world’s sex toys, Xinhua quoted Chinese sex toy manufacturer, Romeo Jiang, as saying.
China’s sex toy industry in China, with more than 1,000 manufacturers, is worth about two billion dollars a year. A report released by China Market Research Centre said that in just the first five months of this year, revenue reached 940 million dollars.
South Africa takes almost 20 percent of the export market, with South Korea and Russia ranking second and third. The US takes up about two percent of the market.
“China is the world leader in labor-intensive manufacturing and sex toy production is part of the manufacturing industry, so it is quite normal that China accounts for a high percentage,” said Ma Xiaonian, a sexologist and the deputy director of China Sexology Association.
Nearly all the sex toys exported come from factories in Guangdong, in southern China, and Zhejiang, in the country’s east, said Jiang, general manager of Bestgreen, a Chinese sex toy manufacturer from Shenzhen in Guangdong province.
“Fifty percent of our customers are from the US and 30 percent are from Europe,” said Jiang, who entered the sex-toy industry in 2003.
Jiang’s factory produces different types of sex toys, including vibrators, dildos and fetish clothes.
They are exported at prices ranging from 50 cents to 100 dollars.