Fourteen women rescued from illegal surrogacy ring in Thailand

by jeeg 24. February 2011 21:00

Thai police yesterday broke up a ring offering illegal surrogacy service and rescued fourteen Vietnamese women.

The women, aged 19 to 26 years old, were confined to three houses on the outskirts of Bangkok, said a Vietnam News Agency Correspondent who witnessed the rescue, conducted by Thail police and NGOs.

In one house, police found 15 foreign passports, including nine Vietnamese.

Two Vietnamese women, who are pregnant, told the correspondent they had come to Thailand for 3-4 months from the southern provinces of Bac Lieu and Ca Mau.

They said they were first promised to get a job "suitable for their health" and only figured out the real situation after several months being kept in the houses without a job.

Other women said they knew they were being procured as surrogate mothers. They were given food, accommodation and paid about US$5000 for each child they had.

It is said that the women were being injected with embryos or sperm from "famous people" and the resultant babies would be sold to foreigners.

The rescued women were later brought to Thailand's Immigration Bureau to finalise paperwork before being sent back to Vietnam.

 Vietnam News


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