How can a man father 101 children – even if he’s a virgin – and not know it? Easy, if he’s from Denmark he simply donates semen for money at a sperm bank, reports The New York Times.
While men can make as much as $40 a donation in Denmark and as much as $500 in the United States, many opt out because of fear that their identities may be revealed some day. But Cryos in Arhus, Denmark, has been much more successful in protecting the anonymity of it’s donors and has grown accordingly.
Although most countries limit how many children can be sired by a single donor, sperm banks can send one person’s DNA to multiple countries. That’s how one Dane wound up with 101 descendants, though I was just speculating about his unlikely virginity.
Here’s how it works, according to the Times:
Every day dozens of students here (Arhus, Denmark), and in Copenhagen, walk into Cryos International, the world’s largest sperm bank and, after undergoing a battery of tests to determine their health and fertility, make an anonymous deposit.
That deposit, frozen and eventually shipped, can make its way to as many as 40 countries. Destinations include Spain, Paraguay, Kenya, Hong Kong and New York, where the company opened an office last year to meet the demands of descendants of people from the Nordic countries.
But why is Danish sperm so popular in so many nations? Maybe it’s Nordic mystique:
“It was difficult for them to get pure Scandinavian spare parts,” said Ole Schou, the managing director of Cryos International, which operates discreetly in Arhus from an unassuming office across the street from a pet shop. “We could see there was a market.”
“It’s not that people want superchildren,” Mr. Schou said. “It’s that they want someone like them, someone they can relate to.”
Let’s get real Schou; there’s no need to hide behind code words. What you mean is your customers want white babies and Scandinavian sperm offers that implicit guarantee. Don’t worry Schou, you are engaging in a form of subtle racism that most people can’t see.