Colombia has witnessed an increase in the sales of sex toys amid the coronavirusColombia has witnessed an increase in the sales of sex toys amid the coronavirus lockdown.
While most Colombian businesses suffer during the five-week lockdown meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, one online industry has seen an explosion in sales in the usually conservative country. Sex toys are flying off the virtual shelves.
Gerson Monje holds up his cellphone to proudly show off his online sex shop. A red banner reading “sold out!” is plastered across half of the products. “Sales started going up on day four of the quarantine,” said Monje, who is still able to have products delivered to customers amid the national lockdown. “We’ve seen a rise of 50%.”
“People are at home and have more time on their hands. They’re with their partners or alone and need fun in their daily activities when it comes to being intimate,” Monje said.
Reuters spoke to six online sex shops in Colombia and all said they have seen a swell in sales since the quarantine began. Colombians are meant to remain at home until April 27, except for outings to buy food and medicine and visits to banks, among other exceptions.
“Sex toys could help people keep their spirits up during long isolation”, psychologist Dr. Carolina Guzman said.
“Colombia has a very conservative idea around sexuality and communication surrounding it,” she said. “It’s a good time for people to allow themselves to work on their curiosity and to understand that buying and using these products is a great thing,” she added.
Other countries have seen a similar phenomenon. Sales of sex toys in Denmark have more than doubled, while British lingerie chain Ann Summers said sex toy sales were up 27% in the last week of March.