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The Global Times reports on the growing black market for semen in China, as many hospitals report a shortage in donors and infertile couples are forced to turn to less official methods for impregnation.
[The couple from Shanxi Province] had been longing for a child, and Huang [a professional black-market sperm donor] was tall and intelligent. Although not classically handsome, he bore a striking resemblance to Yu Hua’s husband, and shared his blood type, ensuring no one would ever have to know their secret.
They signed the agreement to let Huang donate his sperm to the wife, joining the ranks of a growing number of Chinese couples who resort to the Internet-based black market, despite the lack of safeguards to protect women from giving birth to an unhealthy baby. There are only 11 sperm banks in China, and they suffer from a shortage of sperm donors, explains Jiang Xiang-long, director of the Jiangxi Province Human Sperm Bank.
Infertile couples use internet forums to meet with and screen potential donors, many of whom claim to be willing to donate sperm for free, one of the options for insemination suggested by Huang was “direct sexual intercourse”.
Li Shaohua, 28, the organizer of a QQ group including 60 registered users labeled as free or voluntary sperm donors, said that donors will suggest that intercourse is easier and more successful than artificial injection. Couples often insist on trying injection anyway, but in the end, they usually resort to sex.
Although the donors say they will do it for free, they are often paid in the end.
Donors are reportedly paid around 5,000 RMB for a successful conception.
Ling, the woman who found the private sperm donors she met on the Internet a little creepy, said she would also stop relying on the official sperm bank. “You also have to try three or more times even if it’s your turn to get the sperm and you have to pay over 2,000 yuan for each time. I’d rather take the risk of finding a private donor or just give up the thought of giving birth to a baby.”