Although the latest 6 and 6 Plus versions of the popular Apple iPhones are widely available in China, there is still a high black market demand for cheaper access to the smartphones in the country.
One Hong Kong man who was privy to this little fact tried to take part in the trade, but was caught on the border into the mainland as he attempted to smuggle 94 iPhones strapped to his body. He was subsequently arrested, according to reports from a Chinese media outlet.
The man wore the iPhones taped together across his torso, thighs, calves, and groin—as a sort of body armor. He had each phone individually placed in plastic bags, then lashed together with masking tape. The 94 iPhones ranged from the 5s, 6, and 6 Plus models.
This particular method of smuggling is apparently not uncommon, so customs officials were quickly tipped-off by the man’s behavior. He was caught due to his stiff, restricted movements and “weird walking posture.” He set off a metal detector and was immediately searched, and officials made the discovery of nearly one hundred phones. The phones were seized and are being held by customs, according to reports.
Smuggling iPhones into mainland China is apparently a booming black market trade because they retail for higher than in Hong Kong, according to a CNBC report. This makes it easy to fence stolen or smuggled phones in Asia, and can be an appealing prospect for those willing to take the risk.