Thousands of Chinese men are seeking appointments to sell their sperms on the online shopping site Taobao which is paying between $500 and $700 to each “donor”. The site is also offering services like paternity tests and testing for sperm fertility.
The Alibaba owned site offers a range of odd goods and services from time to time. They include beauty soaps made of breast milk, and boyfriends on hire to girls who needed to convince worried parents that they were hitched, and going steady.
Its latest attempt to collect sperms has proved to be a hit with 22,017 men signing up for sperm donations at one of seven sperm banks nationwide within 72 hours of the offer being made. Three cities, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, drew the maximum number of responses at 69 per cent.
It is not clear what was the biggest motivating factor: the novelty of the exercise, a healthy desire to help childless couples with anonymous sperm donation or the lure for money. The offer, made jointly by Taobao and KingMed Diagnostics, a third-party medical laboratory group. was limited to 72 hours, Wednesday to Friday last week.
For sperm donation, volunteers were expected to provide their name, last six digits of their ID card and email address to complete registration. They are expected to visit one of the sperm collection centers to donate their sperm after they are called by the online company to do so.
Sources said the donated sperm is in demand not only from couples unable to conceive on their own but also from a rising number of working women who want to be single parents without getting into marriage.
Tabao also attracted 137 customers for paternity tests and 4,060 for sperm fertility testing. Paternity test cost $110 at the online store, which is much less compared to the price in hospitals, the official media said. Those seeking paternity tests will receive a testing kit for collecting their saliva. The test result will be sent to them in 10 working days.
These are some of the ways used by the giant Alibaba group to branch out into heath services, the local media said.