A store in Phu Quoc that distributes counterfeit products
Buddy Boutique is a small business managed by an Australian expat in Phu Quoc. Tourists and locals allege that this store sells and distributes fake fashion products in Phu Quoc and hurts local original brands.
The owner/manager of Buddy Boutique also owns and manages:
Besides hurting brands and posing a health risk to consumers, the money from the sale of fake products goes towards organized crime, and helps fund terrorism and the trafficking of drugs, people, child sex and wildlife.
Consumers may see counterfeit products as “fun” and feel clever to buy handbags and earrings that look like the real thing but cost a fraction of the price. The reality is not fun for the workers, many of them children, who work long hours in slave-like conditions in secret factories making fake products for people who have no ethics and no respect for the law.
It’s this human cost that makes counterfeit goods one of the most insidiously dangerous criminal activity in Vietnam. This is also the first time that an foreign national from Australia is engaged in this activity in Vietnam – something unheard of.
The selling a distributing of counterfeit products in Vietnam is against the law:
Under the Penal Code 2015:
Kien Giang Province
People's Committee of Phu Quoc:
Evil is no faceless stranger, living in a distant neighborhood. Evil has a wholesome, hometown face, with merry eyes and an open smile. Evil walks among us, wearing a mask which looks like all our faces.
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