The top trade union in Guangdong has been blasted by critics after forcing female factory workers from other provinces to accept free condoms. The Guangdong Federation of Trade Unions, which is based in Guangzhou, recently gave one million free condoms to female migrant workers in the province. But the campaign backfired when critics complained the union was being selective in terms of recipients' gender, occupation and geographical origin. 'The move is an insult to migrant workers like us because by [distributing condoms] they are suggesting that we have a lot of casual sex,' said one woman, a Hunan native working in a glasses factory in Dongguan city. 'Why don't they also tell the media that Guangdong people, both men and women, from all occupations, must also protect themselves?' One civil servant agreed, adding: 'They have seemingly hinted that people from provinces other than Guangdong are much more ignorant than [local] workers in their awareness of safe sex.' The complaints were first reported by Guangzhou-based newspaper the Information Times. According to one worker in Guangzhou, the women felt they were being discriminated against as they were forced to take the condoms regardless of whether they wanted them. Qiu Hongzhong, a deputy director of the Sexual Psychological Committee in Guangdong, was quoted by the paper as saying the campaign would not protect migrant female workers in the region. Forcing a target group to take condoms would not promote safe sexual behaviour, said Mr Qiu. Instead the union should hold seminars explaining the objective of the campaign and then leave free condoms in places such as drug stores so that people who wanted them could help themselves.