"Egg Agents" Are Recruiting Actresses and Models to Sell Their Eggs

The approach is certainly unconventional -- and controversial

Sure, we’ve worked with real estate agents and insurance agents. But what about an egg agent?!

It turns out there’s a whole new industry out there -- and a thriving one at that -- that employs so-called “egg agents” who help prospective parents search out their ideal egg donors (especially young, beautiful women) by placing ads for them.

Consider this example, part of Today’s reporting that uncovered the trend: Pretty 28-year-old dancer Robyn Marie Young is struggling to make her way financially in New York. And because, genetically speaking, she’s a desirable candidate for so many would-be parents, she’s donated her eggs three times already -- and is about to do it a fourth -- having been exposed to this way of earning needed money after seeing an ad in the back of a magazine. (It was seeking a “green-eyed Italian beauty.”) And indeed, the enterprise can be a good source of cash for women like Robyn who need it: Egg donation can pay $10,000 a pop. See her story here:

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So yes, this is really happening. And should we be surprised? America is all about enterprising folks pursuing free-market business opportunities. Fair enough. But certainly, advertising for something so personal, intimate and invasive is not without controversy.

What do you think? Do you see anything wrong with placing or responding to an ad for an egg donor?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter. 

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