Ah, yes. The miracle of bringing a child into this world. All you need is love, patience, and a syringe full of semen, packed into a cooler, delivered to you in the dead of night.
At least, that’s what customers of Sperm Direct Limited and First4Fertility experienced when they ordered sperm online. The ruse was the brainchild of two British guys who faced trial today for running an illegal sperm bank out of their basement in Reading, U.K.
Melissa Bhalla-Pentley was hoping to have a baby with her partner when she ordered the sperm through the Fertility First website set up by Gage and Woodforth.
A box, wrapped in grey polythene and containing a pot of sperm and a 10ml syringe, was delivered to her home late one night, the court was told.
Ms Bhalla-Pentley used the sperm for self-insemination but failed to get pregnant. She paid the company another £300 and arranged for another donation from the man the following month.
She contacted the company when a copy of the donor’s medical tests was sent to her with his name visible. She asked for a refund, but she was told she could not have one.
The defendants were spared prison time and sentenced to fines because, as the judge stated, “this is the first prosecution of its kind.”