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5 jailed in China's first illegal sperm sale

THREE officials and two workers with southwest China's only sperm bank have been jailed for involvement in the country's first illegal sperm sale.

Sperm samples were sold to unlicensed medical facilities which could increase the danger of inbreeding, today's Chongqing Economic Times reported.

Liu Hong, vice principal of Chongqing Municipality Family Planning Institute - superior authority of the Chongqing Sperm Bank - was jailed for 12 years. The sperm bank's dean Zhou Xin was sentenced to 5 1/2 years and vice dean Zhou Limin got 11 1/2 years. Workers Tong Yuexian got 7 years and Li Yan received 8 years.

The defendants have appealed against the verdicts.

The 2-million-yuan (US$292,958) sperm sale case was exposed after an earlier investigation this year into the family planning institute, the newspaper said.

It soon led to Zhou Limin, who had been in charge of sperm donator recruitment and selection as well as distribution and transportation.

He told prosecutors that he and the workers sold more than 1,000 samples to a salesman, making a total profit of 440,000 yuan.


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