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Two men made about £250,000 by illegally making sperm available over the internet.
Ricky Gage, 49, and Nigel Woodforth, 43, allegedly operated Fertility 1st, which made sperm available from anonymous donors, without a license.
They deny two counts of procuring sperm illegally under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.
The men argue that their company was simply an information site which acted as an introduction database, meaning they were not procuring or making sperm available.
The site offered women a "life-changing opportunity", the court heard.
Clients were allowed to choose the ethnicity, height, hair color and even hobbies of the sperm donor they wanted to use.
The prosecution said the women paid an £80 joining fee and £300 to use the service before being given access to details of anonymous donors. Once selected, a delivery of the donor's sperm was arranged, at a cost of £150, through a courier firm, the court was told. They could also contact the donor themselves and arrange for the delivery of his sperm to their home, either for self-insemination or through IVF, jurors heard.
A list showed 792 deliveries had been made by the company, which helped make the men an estimated income of £250,000 between October 2007 and November 2008, jurors heard.
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