Upending an Asian Baby Farm

An apparently illegal surrogacy ring has been busted in Thailand.  The company, which called itself “Babe 101: Eugenic Surrogate” was using young Vietnamese women for both gestation and egg donation, and seems to have been aiming primarily at the Asian market, charging $32,000 for a baby with the gender and ethnic background of your choice.  They were also explicitly targeting women who didn’t want to give birth for cosmetic or convenience reasons.  The surrogates were not allowed to leave the (relatively comfortable) compound unaccompanied, and had their passports and money were confiscated and held by management.  This is the kind of place where human germ-line engineering will start in a few years.

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