Japanese businessman fathered 13 surrogate babies in Thailand: police

Fri Aug 8, 2014 7:21am EDT
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By Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Pracha Hariraksapitak

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Friday they had found four more babies they suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand, bringing the total to 13 discovered in Bangkok this week.

Surrogacy scandals have gripped Thailand this week after an international outcry over a Down Syndrome baby left with his Thai birth mother when his Australian biological parents took his twin sister back to Australia.

In a separate case, police raided a condominium in Bangkok on Tuesday and found nine surrogate babies, their nannies and a pregnant surrogate mother.

On Friday, police found four more babies though they did not give details about their health or say where they were found.

"He is the father of 13 surrogate babies and has been traveling in and out of Bangkok many times," Police Colonel Napunwut Liamsanguan told Reuters, referring to the unidentified Japanese man.

The scandals have shone an international spotlight on Thailand's largely unregulated surrogacy business, prompting authorities to crack down on clinics with nationwide inspections.

Liamsanguan said on Friday police raided a clinic in Bangkok believed to have been used for in vitro fertilization (IVF) for the 13 surrogate babies after being tipped off by one of the surrogate mothers.

The clinic had been vacated and no documents had been left behind, according to police.   Continued...