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This Time Last Year: internet sperm traders

In News 2010 on October 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

In October 2010, two men who reportedly made £250,000 from the provision of fresh sperm via the internet were given suspended prison sentences. The pair – Ricky Gage and Nigel Woodforth – were convicted for the illegal provision of sperm without a licence, contrary to the provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. Nine month suspended sentences were handed down, and the pair were fined £15,000 each and ordered to undertake 200 hours community service and contribute towards the prosecution’s costs.

This was the first case to test and clarify these provisions, despite the fact the first internet sperm trader in Britain started up in 2002 (Man Not Included: it has since closed and the director was jailed for fraud – but no prosecution was sought at the time in relation to the provision of sperm without a licence).

Links:

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-11521464;

HFEA: http://www.hfea.gov.uk/6086.html

Bionews: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_73005.asp

http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_71341.asp

On Man Not Included: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7337576.stm

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