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A controversial test that can reportedly tell when a man has been sexually active has been used in Vietnam to free three men accused of rape.

Three men were exonerated of rape charges after serving 10 years of a 16-year sentence for the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman.

The test was developed by Pham Thi Hong, a traditional medicine practitioner who says she can tell whether a man is still a virgin by examining behind his ears.

If a man has a red dot behind his ear, he is still a virgin. If he does not he is sexually active.

In addition to the dot behind the ears, the practitioner says she examines the men’s pulse rates to determine their purity.

Hong lobbyed to have the case reopened for the three men exonerated and even threatened to set herself on fire if their trial was not reheard.

She tells the Associated Press,

“They all had small red spots on the back of their ears. The spots should have disappeared if they had had sex. My many years of experience told me that these men did not have sex before.”

She says she was taught to determine virginity by pulse rate but developed the ear check method on her own.

Hong also says that the “ear spots” only go away after heterosexual sex and are not affected by homosexual intercourse or masturbation.

Pham Thi Hong