As surprising as it may sound, a 42-year-old female prisoner in Vietnam paid a fellow inmate $2,300 for his semen, which she then used to impregnate herself and avoid execution.

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Death row convict Nguyen Thi Hue, who is 42 years old, was arrested in 2012 for drug trafficking and smuggling 32,000 cakes of heroin. She was sentenced to death in 2014. Nguyen appealed the same year, but the court had no plans of changing their decision.

Nguyen had a police record for heroin trafficking since she was 22 years old. Back then she was a mother of two, and managed to evade getting arrested for six years. She was finally arrested and sentenced to 48 months in jail. After her release, Nguyen, started a drug operation across the borders of multiple Vietnamese provinces. She then joined forces with a major drug baron and started buying and selling large amounts of drugs, which finally landed her and her 28 accomplices in jail in 2012.

Since she ended up in a mixed prison, Hue decided to pay a 27-year-old male inmate to leave his sperm in a plastic bag in an agreed hiding place in the jail. Nguyen then picked up the bags and used a syringe to impregnate herself. A similar incident happened in 2007, when two prison guards in Vietnam’s northern province of Hoa Binh were sentenced for five years in prison for abusing their power and allowing a female prisoner to get pregnant with a male inmate.

According to Article 35 of the Criminal Code, a woman with a child under 3 years of age can’t be put on a death row in Vietnam, which is why the authorities were forced to commute Nguyen’s death sentence to life imprisonment. The wily drug dealer used the Vietnamese law to her advantage and managed to save her life in a very unusual manner.