By Cal Widdall
A 60-year-old Shanghai man has been duped out of his savings after responding to a street advertisement for a healthy man to impregnate a rich woman in return for 1 million RMB. As if this wasn’t humiliating enough, his friend has also taken him to court in order to retrieve the 6,000RMB he contributed towards the ‘investment’.
The wannabe stud-for-hire, surnamed Hou, noticed the advertisement last May. It claimed to be posted by a 28-year-old woman named Jin Yue, desperate for a child. According to the ad, she and her husband could not conceive, but needed an heir to inherit their family business.
In return for the ‘services’ of a man with a healthy body, good morality and no bad habits, the couple were willing to pay 1 million RMB. Living in a city where women pole dance on the metro to find a husband, we can see how Hou could have believed it to be authentic. That and the fact that he probably wasn’t thinking with the head that sits on his shoulders.
Transferring all decision-making facilities to his penis, Hou decided he was the highly moral prostitute the advert was seeking and called Jin Yue’s ‘cousin’ in Jiangxi province. He was then persuaded to pay various sums, including 18,000RMB for legal fees and 9,000RMB for an air ticket and hotel room for the proposed liaison on May 30 last year.
Upon realising his savings weren’t enough to totally fund his investment, Hou contacted his most financially-savvy friend, surnamed Li, and generously gave him a piece of the action for just 6,000RMB.
When the fateful day arrived on May 30th, Jin Yue simply kept the money, turned off her phone and failed to show up at the hotel, leaving Hou penniless and unsatisfied as his Marvin Gaye CD (probably) played on loop in the background.
Li brought the case to court after Hou, who lost 33,367 yuan himself, refused to pay the 6,000 yuan back, arguing it was a common investment. The court ordered Hou to pay the debt he owed Li, but thankfully stopped short of executing him.
Hopefuly poor Hou’s luck will change in the near future. Surely it will only be a matter of time before his various investments in Ugandan lotteries and emails from overthrown Kings pay off.