A 37-year-old woman in China has one of the world’s dirtiest jobs – she breeds cockroaches.
It is estimated that within her home there are more than 100,000 cockroaches.
Yuan Meixia cares for the roaches and then eventually she sells them to a pharmaceutical company, which uses the bugs for medicines.
“These are all my children, my babies,” Yuan told a local newspaper.
Yuan resides at a separate home in Siqian county in China but visits the breeding house, in a nearby village, everyday.
Yuan started her house by purchasing 20 kg of live cockroaches. She then went on a course to find out how to raise them.
The breeding house has silk nets in the place of doors and she seals any hole where the insects can possibly escape.
Many people in China believe that the bug can act as an anti-cancer drug. But there is no scientific proof for that claim.