Sperm donor fathers more than 60 kids using fake names, exposed after parents realise kids all look the same
A sperm donor who fathered over 60 children by using different fake names was exposed after some parents realised all their kids looked the same.
The unnamed man, who hails from Australia, has been accused of using four different pseudonyms to donate sperm to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The shocking discovery was made when some of the recipients met at a get-together barbecue and realised their children resembled one another, according to report.
After this, the parents didn't waste any time in calling IVF clinics across Australia to find out if the same man had been doing the rounds. Soon, they found out the donor had only used Fertility First in Sydney, but had been selling his sperm on Facebook through unofficial methods for ‘gifts’.
“We know he got gifts, holidays – all a complete criminal offence. The reason he was discovered is he wasn’t fully Caucasian,” Dr Anna Clark of Fertility First was quoted as saying by Mirror.
Under the The Human Tissue Act in Australia, it is illegal to pay or give gifts for human sperm. Any offence in this regard carries a jail term of up to 15 years. However, informal and illegal donations have boomed due to online forums offering donors desperate childless couples.
Two Facebook pages, Sperm Donation Australia and Australian Backpackers Seeking Sperm Donation, both have posts from childless couples looking for donors.
"People talk about meeting up in a car park or hotel and passing over a fresh sample. ife ought to begin with dignity and not as a process of some unregulated anonymous transaction," said Aimee Shackleton of charity Donor Conceived Australia.