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Surrogate mothers-for-hire, Chinese man arrested in Bangkok

Surrogate mothers-for-hire, Chinese man arrested in Bangkok

BANGKOK: Five Thai women paid to be illegal surrogate mothers and a Chinese man were arrested at a large house in Bangkok during a series of police raids this morning (Feb 13).

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 13 February 2020, 02:19PM


A hired surrogate mother and a baby boy, aged around 30 months, detained during a police raid on a large house in Bangkok this morning (Feb 13). Photo: Bangkok Post

A hired surrogate mother and a baby boy, aged around 30 months, detained during a police raid on a large house in Bangkok this morning (Feb 13). Photo: Bangkok Post

More than 200 police and officials from other agencies were involved in operations targeting 10 premises in Bangkok and other provinces shortly before dawn.

Police said a total of nine people, a Chinese couple and seven Thais, were arrested on court warrants during raids in Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Sukhothai provinces.

The Chinese suspects are Ran Zhao, 37 and his wife Su Yingting, 48.

Five Thai women were arrested - Wilasinee Su, 50, Lah Khantiyo, 43, Siyaporn Sawadipan, 30, Wiyada Chuechan, 35, and Saibua Jaemmee, 44 - and two men - Nikhom Simarat, 48, Thammanoon Panjasangkhom, 40.

A tenth suspect remained at large.

The raids followed a police investigation into a group of Chinese nationals they learned hired Thai women as surrogate mothers, which is illegal.

At a large house on Nakniwas Road in Lat Phrao district of Bangkok, they found six Thai women, a 30-month-old baby boy and a Chinese man. Most of the women were surrogate mothers, according to police.

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The women and the Chinese man were held in police custody for legal action. The child was placed in the care of welfare officials.

Pol Maj Gen Worawat Watnakornbancha, chief of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, said police had been tracking a commercial surrogacy network. It had been providing illegal surrogacy services since 2012. Its agents approached Thai women, offering them payment to be surrogate mothers.

They paid the women 400,000-600,000 baht each. If a woman had twins she was paid extra, Pol Maj Gen Worawat said.

Once the Protection of Children Born from Assisted Reproductive Technologies Act 2015 took effect, outlawing surrogacy, the surrogacy network had instead arranged for the women they hired to be impregnated with donor sperm in a neighbouring country, and then return to Thailand.

When they were due, the women were flown to China and gave birth there. Afterwards, they returned to Thailand alone, the ATPD chief said.

The Royal Thai Police Office would work with Chinese authorities in finding the whereabouts of the babies, he added.

About 30 women had been hired to be surrogate mothers, spread over five provinces, Pol Maj Gen Worawat said.

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