As many as six persons won Internet bids to have sex with a woman in Germany, one after another.
But it doesn't seem to stop with a one-night stand, though that was what they thought. One of the six has impregnated her, and he has to step out in the open and admit, with all the consequences it implies!
And to fix the fatherly responsibility, the identities of all the six will have to be revealed.
The website that had organized the auction had promised to keep their identities secret. But no chance now, a Stuttgart court has ruled that the woman has a right to know who those men were.
After learning that she was pregnant, the woman sought to identify the father, but she knew each man only by the screen name they had used on the auction Web site.
The district court in Stuttgart ruled on Tuesday that the owner of the Web site that hosted the sex auction must release personal information on each of the six men who slept with the woman.
In her court testimony, the woman said that she had slept with the six men in April and May of 2007. She later discovered that her encounter with one of the men had made her pregnant.
When the men bid on the auction Web site, they were guaranteed that their personal information would be kept private. But in its civil decision, the court explained that the interest of the unborn child was more pressing than the Web site owner's commitment to protect the security of the men's personal information and the privacy of their identities.
Apparently nobody had thought of a possible paternity issue. Now that it has arisen, the six should be racking their brains what to do next.
It is not clear whether they had their condoms on at the time of having sex or whether even the woman had asked for it. Or what she intends to do once it is known who the father is.
The court declined to reveal the woman's age or nationality.