As Venezuela's economy crumbles, condoms are going for $755

February 5, 2015 7:29 AM

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"The country is so messed up that now we have to wait in line even to have sex," Jonatan Montilla told Bloomberg. "This is a new low." Since December, condoms have been hard to find across the country, and when they are tracked down, they're incredibly expensive; on MercadoLibre, the auction website that Venezuelans use to purchase scarce items, a 36-pack of Trojans is going for 4,760 bolivars, or $755. In Venezuela, the minimum monthly wage is 5,600 bolivars.

Shortages are at a high due to a collapse in oil prices, and Bloomberg reports that if oil doesn't recover in this country that imports most of what it consumes, there is a three-in-four chance of default in the next 12 months. The lack of condoms is extremely worrying for health officials, as Venez...

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