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iPad-smuggling women pinched in China

How many iPhones can you stick up your jumper?

Chinese customs caught 14 women trying to smuggle iPhones and iPads into China from Hong Kong.

Authorities in Shenzhen caught the grey importers with $143,000 worth of kit.

The 14 women had 88 iPads and 340 phones between them – one woman had an impressive 65 phones strapped to her waist and another 20 in her handbag, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Customs said the women were paid $30 – or 200 yuan – each.

Apple sells Wi-Fi iPads in China, but not the 3G versions, which is fuelling the grey import market from Hong Kong, the paper claimed.

Chinese customs has reacted by putting a tax on all iPads brought into the country – even those for personal use. ®

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