Shenzhen border officers caught a Hong Kong resident trying to smuggle two bottles of sperm from the mainland, allegedly to be used for artificial insemination.
The man was accused of violating health regulations and the bottles were impounded, Hong Kong China News Agency reports.
A random inspection at the Lo Wu checkpoint several days ago revealed two bottles, each containing 100 c.c. of semi-transparent fluid put in an ice pack, inside the man’s bag.
Laboratory tests confirmed the fluid was human semen.
Officials decided to impound the bottles after the man failed to provide quarantine documents to prove that the fluid was approved by Chinese health authorities to be taken across the border.
The man told officials he had been paid in the mainland to transport the semen into Hong Kong, where an institution was to use it for artificial fertilization.
Under Hong Kong’s Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, anyone who tries to bring pathogens, human or animal tissues, tissue fluid, excrement, excretions or blood into the city must first obtain a written certificate issued by Director of Health.
Details of the transported items and methods of packaging and transportation must also be submitted.
In China, human semen can only be taken across border with approval from the Office of Human Genetic Resources under the Ministry of Science and Technology as well as quarantine documents issued by health authorities.
Obstetrician Kun Ka-yan was quoted by Ming Pao Daily as saying that semen is likely to suffer bacterial contamination if the temperature is not well controlled during transportation.
A womb that takes the infected semen for insemination might also be harmed, resulting in inflammation or even infertility.
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