Two people convicted in a sperm racket run by an illegal website

September 18th, 2010 - 1:15 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Sep 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Two men have been convicted of operating an illegal fertility company and providing their female clients access to sperm donors.

The convicted men are Nigel Woodforth, 43 years and Ricky Gage, 49 years old. They were running their illegal business from Nigel’s house basement in Reading, London. The men reportedly made 250,000 pounds from their business and a jury at the Southwalk Crown Court in London found both men guilty on three counts each of running sperm donor business without license. They are due to be sentenced on Friday.

The judge, Deborah Taylor told the convicted men that the court is considering given the man custodial sentence and/or a fine for their crime.

The two who operated their business under several names online had nearly 800 women signed up. Their website linked women and sperm donors.

This is the first time that anybody has been charged with the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act 1990. The men went on trial after a woman, Melissa Bhalla-Pentley complained about the unprofessional standards of their dealing.

The defendants of the two men argued that they did not need a license to operate because they only acted as a means of linking mother’s with potential sperm-donor and not playing any other major role after that. The jury however did not agree to that argument and found the duo guilty of the charge.

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