Moscow, Aug 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Chinese woman has been held in Russia while trying to smuggle dried deer genitals in her purse.
Employees at the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe international passenger checkpoint in Russia's Far Eastern Amur Region detained the Chinese woman, said a customs official Vitaly Shebanov Monday.
Deer genitals are used in alternative medicine as an aphrodisiac in China and thought to treat impotence and frigidity.
"The woman was trying to smuggle dried derivatives (parts of wild animals). Three red deer genital organs were discovered.
"According to the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, derivatives fall under limits for export," Shebanov said.
The Chinese woman did not declare the deer genitals in her customs statement and faces a fine.