A man who fathered 22 children after illegally advertising his sperm on Facebook has revealed how he meets women at the roadside to hand over his ‘donation’ in a container.
The Scottish man, who lives near Glasgow, claims to have donated to more than 50 women – but health experts have branded his activities incredibly dangerous.
The donor, who uses the psudonym Anthony Fletcher, does not charge women for his sperm, and told the Daily Record he is motivated by a desire to help.
He describes himself as a 39-year-old university graduate with blue eyes, brown hair and of average height.
His secret lifestyle began five years ago out of what he claims was a genuine desire to help women who could not have a family of their own.
At first, he considered donating legally through a clinic but the requirements that must be met, and the right of any child produced to know their natural father’s identity when they turn 18, put him off.
He then turned to Facebook.
Anthony said If they’ve come to me, they have already reached that point where they want to go ahead, almost no matter what – their minds are made up.
It is against the law in the UK to distribute or procure sperm and eggs without a licence from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
The licence means clinics are bound by strict rules and guidelines where donors are rigorously tested for medical and genetic conditions.
Sperm is also screened and quarantined for six months to prevent any risk to the health of the mother or the unborn child and donors must also disclose any medical conditions running in their family.
They are also restricted to donating to no more than 10 families, to prevent children being born with very high numbers of half-siblings.
Anthony bases his claims of good health solely on an STI test and insists there are no known genetic defects in his family.
He said Most people may think that women come to me as a last resort but that’s not really the case, I’ve found I can be the first resort.
A lot of them are not well off and so can’t afford to go to a private clinic, while others may have been knocked back by the NHS.
In the past, he has met people at their homes or in hotels, but now prefers to meet at a roadside location near his Glasgow neighbourhood, where he hands over his donation in a container.
Anthony said It’s simple – they arrive by car at a specific location and I walk up and hand over what I need to.
Men donating sperm through regulated sperm banks are not legally considered to be the parent of any resulting children.
The biological father will have no legal obligation towards them, will not be named on the birth certificate, have no say on the upbringing of the child, and will not be asked to support the child financially.
Where fresh sperm is donated outside of a licensed clinic, the donor is considered to be the child’s legal father, with all the responsibilities that involves.
Anthony says on Facebook I’m an active and experienced sperm donor based a few miles from Glasgow.
I’m still available to help more women get pregnant. I’m happy to donate to single women, same-sex couples, and women in heterosexual relationships.
Be sure to let me know your rough location, your age, your relationship status, and the donation method you’re looking for. I do NOT charge for donations.
But Dr Hana Visnova, a specialist in reproductive health and medical director at IVF Cube in Czech Republic, offered a stark warning about the dangers.
She said These tales of black market sperm donation are becoming more common.
People who are desperate for children but who are having difficulties and aren’t eligible for NHS care can become desperate.
But finding a donor online, knowing nothing about them and having no knowledge of their health or background, is incredibly dangerous. You’re not only putting yourself at risk, but also your potential offspring.
Clinics in the UK and abroad are tightly regulated to ensure the highest standards are met.
We are getting an increasing number of patients from the UK frustrated with NHS options and who cannot afford private treatment at home.
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