China deports Myanmar women sold as surrogate mothers

Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:31am EDT
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Two pregnant Myanmar women were deported after being smuggled to China and sold as surrogate mothers, the China Daily said on Wednesday, citing police in a border town in Yunnan province.

The 26-year-old women were sold for $3,500 in Taihe, eastern China's Anhui province, after coming to China in December from their homes in Banmo, in Myanmar's Kachin State. They had been lured to China in the hope of finding jobs that they hoped would earn them over $80 a month.

In the end, they were paid $250 each for agreeing to become surrogate mothers, the paper said, without explaining to whom they had been sold. They had been assured they could return home after giving birth.

A third woman, who escaped from the smugglers, was deported in January, the paper said. Police said a woman held for having lured the Myanmar mothers was part of a "multinational gang."

(Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Nick Macfie)