The shocking story of Vietnamese surrogate mothers must be pursued to a legal conclusion. The pregnant immigrants are about to return to Vietnam, the accused head of the surrogacy plot has left Thailand, and the website used to promote this business is facing closure. All of this is a recipe to sweep yet another embarrassment under the rug and move on. This must not be allowed to occur.
Baby 101 was the name of a company operated by a Taiwanese citizen, identified by immigration police as Siang Lung Lor. The firm kept an extremely low profile in real life, hiding most of its activities behind its website. The site appealed to childless couples, in Thailand and abroad. Baby 101 promised that for a large amount of money, attractive young women would carry "their" babies to birth. Then, the children would be handed over to the paying couple.
For this, Baby 101 collected 1.5 million baht, according to police investigators. The Vietnamese women surrogates received US$5,500 (about 165,000 baht) for carrying each baby to term and through birth. The company had other expenses obviously, but still coined a pretty profit for this highly questionable business. Last year, after it got word of the baby business, the Vietnamese government blocked the Baby 101 website in the communist country, but by then the firm was able to recruit women by word of mouth and other methods.
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