Want to rent a womb? Thailand’s no longer the place but after 4 years, Japanese man gets back all 13 children he fathered…

20 February 2018

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The case harks back to late 2014, when Thai police said they had found 13 babies fathered by a Japanese national with nine Thai surrogate mothers. The children were taken to foster homes and the father has petitioned for custody since early 2015.

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February 20, 2018 / 1:40 PM / Updated an hour ago

Thai court grants custody to Japanese father of 13 surrogate children

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A Thai court on Tuesday said it ruled in favor of a wealthy Japanese man who had fathered 13 surrogate children in Thailand, naming him their legal parent and sole guardian.

The case harks back to late 2014, when Thai police said they had found 13 babies fathered by a Japanese national with nine Thai surrogate mothers. The children were taken to foster homes and the father has petitioned for custody since early 2015.

The man had his sperm fertilize donor eggs, which were then planted in the wombs of the surrogate mothers in 2013, according to a press statement given by the court. No details were given where the donor eggs were from.

The scandal at the time shone an international spotlight on Thailand’s largely unregulated surrogacy business, prompting authorities to crack down on clinics with nationwide inspections and later to ban commercial surrogacy.
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The Japanese man was given custody of the 13 children on Tuesday largely due to his financial and professional stability, and he was found to have no links to human trafficking, the court statement said.

Growing up with a biological parent will also be in the children’s best interests, the court added.

“The petitioner is an heir and president of a well-known company listed in a stock exchange in Japan, owner and shareholder in many companies, and receives dividend of more than 100 million baht ($3.18 million) from a single company in a year, which shows the petitioner has professional stability and an ample income to raise all the children,” the court said in a statement.

“Therefore, it is ruled that all the 13 children are legal children of the petitioner…and the petitioner is their sole guardian.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-surrogacy-japan/thai-court-grants-custody-to-japanese-father-of-13-surrogate-children-idUSKCN1G40FM

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The Central Juvenile and Family Court on Tuesday allowed a 28-year-old Japanese man to take home 13 children born to surrogate women in Thailand, granting him sole parental custody. The court ruled that…

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READ ABOUT HIS 9 STEPS OF SURROGACY!

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta followed nine key steps on his path to fathering 16 surrogate babies in Thailand, born starting in June 2013. It’s unclear whether he went through all of the steps for every baby; four are in Cambodia and the rest remain in Thailand.

9 steps a Japanese man took to 16 surrogate babies

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/9-steps-japanese-man-took-16-surrogate-babies-074532452.html

Surrogate mothers

A surrogate mother is a woman who agrees to carry someone else’s baby. She becomes pregnant using some form of assisted reproductive technology, frequently IVF. The surrogate mother carries the baby to term and gives birth, and the baby is released from the hospital to its intended parents.

Many surrogate mothers are gestational carriers. A gestational carrier becomes pregnant through IVF and gives birth to a baby that is not biologically related to her.

A traditional surrogate is biologically related to the baby. Being a traditional surrogate is far less common.

What Is A Surrogate Mother? | Family Formation Law Offices

The law bans foreign couples from seeking surrogacy services and stipulates that surrogate mothers must be Thai and over 25.

“The important part is if the couple seeking surrogacy services is Thai or the couple is mixed-race, they can find a Thai woman to be their surrogate providing she is over 25,” he said, adding that violation of the law carries a “severe prison sentence”.

Bans Surrogacy for Foreigners in Bid to End ‘Rent-a-Womb’ Tourism

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Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand are shown on a screen during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok August 12, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

BANGKOK — Thailand’s interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a “rent-a-womb” industry that made the Southeast Asian country a top destination for fertility tourism.

Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals last year, including allegations that an Australian couple had abandoned their Down Syndrome baby with his Thai birth mother taking only his healthy twin sister back to Australia with them.

Another case involved a Japanese man who fathered at least at least 16 babies using Thai surrogates in what local Thai media called the “baby factory”.

Thailand gave preliminary approval in August for a draft law to make commercial surrogacy a crime. The draft passed its first reading in November and became law on Thursday.

“This law aims to stop Thai women’s wombs from becoming the world’s womb. This law bans foreign couples from coming to Thailand to seek commercial surrogacy services,” Wanlop Tankananurak, a member of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, told Reuters.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/thailand-bans-surrogacy-foreigners-bid-end-rent-womb-tourism.html

RT : bans surrogacy for foreigners in bid to end rent-a-womb tourism

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ASEAN’s second largest economy, with its low costs, lax laws and relatively good medical care, had until recently been a popular destination for surrogacy arrangement.

According to the Medical Travel Quality Alliance, a group that promotes quality treatment for medical tourists, about 1,000 surrogate babies are born in Thailand each year. That is a sixth of the number it estimates were born around the world last year through cross-border arrangements.

http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/thai-rent-womb-trade-reined

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Thai rent-a-womb trade reined in

Thailand’s surrogacy industry is in turmoil. Roiled by back-to-back scandals since July, fertility clinics have shut down and pregnant surrogate mothers have reneged on deals, some avoiding pre-natal check-ups to avoid detection.

Foreign couples with fertility problems who paid thousands of dollars to have a Thai woman carry their child now find they have to clear more hurdles to take their babies home. Some babies have been put under state care.

ASEAN’s second largest economy, with its low costs, lax laws and relatively good medical care, had until recently been a popular destination for surrogacy arrangements.

According to the Medical Travel Quality Alliance, a group that promotes quality treatment for medical tourists, about 1,000 surrogate babies are born in Thailand each year. That is a sixth of the number it estimates were born around the world last year through cross-border arrangements.

All of that has now ground to a halt, pending legislative changes accelerated by recent surrogacy scandals that have focused the spotlight on the more unsettling aspects of this practice.

Medical experts say there is a lot to clean up in the country’s largely unregulated surrogacy scene.

“It’s been messy for nearly 10 years,” Dr Boonsaeng Wutthiphan, a veteran obstetrician and gynaecologist from Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, told The Sunday Times. He knows of at least one baby born with disabilities abandoned at a hospital by its surrogate mother.

http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/thai-rent-womb-trade-reined

READ ABOUT HIS 9 STEPS OF SURROGACY!

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta followed nine key steps on his path to fathering 16 surrogate babies in Thailand, born starting in June 2013. It’s unclear whether he went through all of the steps for every baby; four are in Cambodia and the rest remain in Thailand.

9 steps a Japanese man took to 16 surrogate babies

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/9-steps-japanese-man-took-16-surrogate-babies-074532452.html

Thailand’s military government, which took power in May, has given preliminary approval for a draft law to make commercial surrogacy a criminal offence.

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Monday August 18, 2014 MYT 7:21:14 PM

Japan suspect in Thai ‘baby factory’ scandal hands over DNA samples

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The lawyer of a Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies using Thai surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to Thai police on Monday in a bid to clear his name.

The 24-year-old man, identified by police as a Japanese national who travelled frequently in and out Thailand, has not been charged.

His Thai lawyer, Kong Suriyamonthon, said his client wants to clear up the allegations against him.

“It’s a DNA sample, yes. He wants the truth to be known,” Kong told reporters on Monday, adding that he did not know whether his client would return to Thailand.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2014/08/18/Japan-suspect-in-Thai-baby-factory-scandal-hands-over-DNA-samples/

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Thailand’s baby factory scandal widens; suspected human trafficker fathered 15 babies thru11 surrogate mothers.

Alleged trafficker fathered 15 babies through 11 surrogate mothers in Thailand

Lindsay Murdoch August 13, 2014

A photo of a man identified as Shigeta Mitsutoki.A photo of a man identified as Shigeta Mitsutoki. Photo: SuppliedBangkok: Thailand’s “baby factory” scandal has widened with revelations a suspected human trafficker fathered 15 babies through 11 surrogate mothers.Mitsuoki Shigeta, 24, a client of the most popular surrogacy clinic in the Thai capital for Australians, is believed to have fathered nine babies aged six months to one year taken from a Bangkok condominium last week whom DNA tests show were fathered by one man.

Records in Bangkok show that 15 children have been registered as children of Mr Shigeta, who left Thailand within hours of police raiding the condominium and finding the babies and a pregnant Thai woman.

Four babies, two of whom are twins, were taken out of Thailand by Mr Shigeta before the scandal broke amid a crackdown on commercial surrogacy in Thailand that was prompted by a Fairfax Media report on baby Gammy’s plight.

Police revealed they have just discovered twins born at a Bangkok hospital and another possibly 16th baby born to a Thai surrogate mother who are linked to Mr Shigeta.

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The babies – six boys and three girls – were found at a condominium in Bangkok, where seven nannies had been…

Japanese man ‘fathers nine in two years’ using surrogate mothers

Japanese man who allegedly fathered nine surrogate babies in Thailand in the past two years says he wanted a “big family”

3:40PM BST 07 Aug 2014

A Japanese businessman is believed to have fathered nine babies in the past two years using surrogate mothers in Thailand amid growing concerns about the country’s international surrogacy industry.

The babies – six boys and three girls – were found at a condominium in Bangkok, where seven nannies had been hired to care for them. The identity of the mother – or mothers – is unknown.

Thai authorities raided the condominium after a neighbour reported hearing crying infants. The babies, aged one month to two years, have been taken to a state-run nursing home; a 20-year-old pregnant woman was also found in the condominium.

Ratprathan Tulathorn, a Thai lawyer who claims to represent the father, said the Japanese businessman wanted a “big family” and hoped that the children would eventually take care of his business.

“The Japanese father loves his babies and comes to visit them every week,” Mr Ratprathan said.

Aek Angsananont, Thailand’s deputy national police chief, said authorities were conducting DNA tests and had asked Japanese officials to assist in finding the man. Police know the man’s identity but would not reveal his name.

“If the Japanese man turns out to be the father of the babies, the question is why he wants so many babies,” he said.

Health officials said the seven nannies were paid £184 (10,000 baht) a month to take care of the surrogate babies and have been released.

Eight of the babies reportedly looked Caucasian and one looked Asian. Five babies were found in rooms on the first floor of an apartment building and four were found on the seventh floor.

“The surrogate mother says she was hired to serve as the surrogate for £5,500 (300,000 baht) if she could give birth to one child, and £7,350 (400,000 baht) for two,” Yanee Lertkrai, director-general of the social development and welfare department, told The Bangkok Post.

“She needs money to pay for her car instalments … The babies all look different and it is hard to believe they share the same blood.

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Singaporeans pay big bucks to rent a womb

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Twin sister of boy Gammy born in Thailand to surrogate mother revealed:

Gammy’s surrogate mother won’t accept money from Channel Nine

The Thai surrogate mother of baby Gammy says she will refuse to accept money that Channel Nine has offered to interview the boy’s Australian biological parents.

“I don’t want money from them,” Pattharamon Janbua said after learning the couple are set to break their silence over the international scandal on the 60 Minutes program on Sunday night. “I don’t need their help.”

"I don't need their help": Pattharamon Janbua says she does not want any money from the biological parents of baby Gammy.“I don’t need their help”: Pattharamon Janbua says she does not want any money from the biological parents of baby Gammy. Photo: Reuters

David and Wendy Farnell from Bunbury in Western Australia have agreed to the interview in return for the television show donating an undisclosed amount of money to an appeal for Gammy that has so-far raised $240,000.

“I want to pass on a message to that couple … I don’t need your sympathy or your money,” Ms Pattharamon said. “Your words are hurting Gammy enough. I want to tell them, ‘Don’t try to pretend to feel sorry for me and want to help now’.

“Where were you when I needed help?”

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