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60-year-old 'stud' told to repay friend's loan

A 60-YEAR-OLD Shanghai man duped into believing a young woman would pay him to get her pregnant has been ordered to return 6,000 yuan (US$948) he borrowed from a friend to pay "fees," Changning District People's Court said yesterday.

The man, surnamed Hou, said he saw a street advertisement near Yan'an Road last May, saying a 28-year-old, named Jin Yue, was looking for a healthy man to make her pregnant.

In the ad, Jin claimed she and her rich husband were eager to bear an heir to inherit their family business, but had been unable to produce a child.

They were looking for a man with a healthy body, good morality and no bad habits, and would pay him 1 million yuan.

Hou called and spoke to a woman who claimed to be Jin's cousin, in Shangrao City, in east China's Jiangxi Province.

He was persuaded to pay various sums, including 18,000 yuan for legal fees and 9,000 yuan for an air ticket and hotel room for the proposed liaison on May 30 last year.

Hou was told Jin would pay him 100,000 yuan in cash and 200,000 yuan by bank transfer on that day.

Hou only had 3,000 yuan in his bank account, so borrowed the 6,000 yuan from his friend, surnamed Li.

However, Jin did not show up at the hotel and her "cousin" switched off her phone after Hou transferred the money as instructed.

Li brought the case to court after Hou, who was cheated out of 33,367 yuan, 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.


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