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Man smuggling sperm & eggs into Laos arrested

Man caught smuggling sperm, eggs & embryos into Laos & Cambodia hired by a mysterious man known only as Mr. Yu, who appears to be connected to surrogacy clinics.

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Claiming that a mysterious Thai-Japanese man known only as Mr. Yu hired him, his big bag was full of sperm, eggs & embryos, customs officials discovered.


Man smuggling sperm & eggs into Laos arrested

Mongkol Kannika

A Thai man was arrested at the Nong Khai border checkpoint yesterday carrying six tubes of what he claimed was human semen bound for Vientiane in Laos, officers said.

The man, named Nithinon Srithaniyanan, 25, said he was bringing the semen, stored in a nitrogen storage tank from Bangkok to a clinic in the Laos capital.

The semen came from two men, a Chinese and a Vietnamese, he told the officers.

Officers noticed that Mr Nithinon had been travelling back and forth to Cambodia through the Aranyaprathet checkpoint, and to Laos via Nong Khai's Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

This is according to Nimit Saeng-ampai, chief customs officer at the checkpoint.

A man was arrested at the customs checkpoint in Nong Khai while attempting to smuggle a small tank of nitrogen containing frozen human semen into Laos.


Each time the man passed through the border checkpoint he was seen carrying a large bag, the officials said.

Yesterday, border checkpoint officers decided to see what was in the man's mysterious bag.

When the officers opened the bag, they were surprised to find a storage tank equipped to store frozen sperm, eggs and embryos.

Lab tests, however, were still needed to determine whether the tubes the man was ferrying across the border indeed contained sperm and embryos

This is according to Dr Chachawal Ritthiti, Nong Khai's deputy chief public health officer, who was also present when the bag was inspected.

Buying, selling, importing or exporting human sperm, eggs or embryos is prohibited according to a law on assisted reproductive technologies.

Big jar used to cool tubes of sperm inside.(Source: Post Today)


Mr Nithinon claimed he had been hired by a mixed Thai-Japanese man known only as Mr Yu since last year to take the nitrogen storage tanks from four clinics in Bangkok to neighbouring countries, officials said.

He took the tanks to a clinic in Vientiane on 12 occasions, and to a hospital and clinic in Phnom Penh 13 times, receiving 5,000 baht for each delivery, according to his statement.


An initial examination found some of the clinics he mentioned have faced complaints over surrogacy issues.

This is according to Dr Akom Pradittasuwan, director of Thailand's Bureau of Sanatorium and Healing Arts.

However, the cases have yet to be considered by the Medical Council of Thailand, Dr Akom said.


The penalties would be higher for illegally transporting embryos.

This is according to Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, deputy director-general of the Department of Health Service Support.

The clinics involved would also be liable, he said.

Any violators of the law on assisted reproductive technologies would be subject to jail terms of up to three years, a fine of up to 60,000 baht, or both, he added.

Moreover, the penalty for taking prohibited items out of Thailand is a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine equivalent to four times the value of the item or product being smuggled, or both.


In 2014, a scandal involving a Japanese businessman identified as Mitsutoki Shigeta made headlines after he was found to have fathered at least 16 babies with surrogate mothers in Thailand.

He was investigated by Interpol that same year on suspicion of human trafficking.

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arrested : caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม

assist : to help - ช่วย

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healing : the process of becoming or making somebody/something healthy again; the process of getting better after an emotional shock - การรักษาให้หาย

human trafficking : the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others (Source: Wikipedia) - การค้ามนุษย์

identified (verb): named, searched for a discovered - ระบุ

illegally : in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย

import : to buy or bring in products from another country - นำเข้า

indeed : used to emphasize a positive statement or answer - อย่างแท้จริง, โดยแท้จริงแล้ว

initial : early; first - เบื้องต้น

inspect : to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด

Interpol : an international organization that enables the police forces of different countries to help each other to solve crimes - องค์การตำรวจสากล

investigate : to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง

involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท

item : a single article or object - รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ

jail term : the length of time a person is required to spend in jail -

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mixed : a combination or mixture of different things - ผสม

mysterious : not explained or understood; full of secrets - น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด

notice : to see or hear somebody/something; to become aware of somebody/something - สังเกต

occasion : a time at which something happens - ครั้ง, โอกาส

officer (noun): someone with a position of power and authority in the armed forces - นายทหาร

penalty : a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law - โทษ

present : being in a particular place or situation - เข้าร่วม, อยู่

prohibit : to not allow; to ban - ห้าม

public health (noun): the health of all the people in a country, city or community and their health issues; also the name of a government department - การสาธารณสุข

reproductive (adjective): related to making babies - เกี่ยวกับการสืบพันธุ์

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scandal (noun): a situation in which people behave in a dishonest or immoral way that shocks people - เรื่องอื้อฉาว

semen (noun): the whitish liquid containing sperm that is produced by the sex organs of men and male animals - น้ำอสุจิ

smuggle : to take drugs, money, people, etc. to or from a place secretly and often illegally - ลักลอบนำเข้า

sperm (noun): a cell from a man that fertilizes the egg inside a woman's body and makes her pregnant; the liquid from a man's penis that contains sperm - ตัวอสุจิ, น้ำกามผู้ชาย

statement : something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง

storage : the putting and keeping of things in a special place for use in the future - การเก็บ

surrogacy (noun): when a woman has a baby for another couple, usually, but not always, a woman and man - การตั้งครรภ์แทน,การอุ้มบุญ

surrogate mother (noun): a woman who has a baby for another woman and couple, either for money for free - แม่อุ้มบุญ; มารดาที่รับตั้งครรภ์แทน

suspicion (noun): a belief that a crime or improper activity has been committed - ความสงสัย

transport : moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

tube : a long hollow cylinder made from plastic, metal, rubber or glass - ท่อ, หลอด

value : how much something is worth in money or other goods for which it can be exchanged - มูลค่า

violator : a person who goes against or refuse to obey a law, an agreement, etc. - ผู้ฝ่าฝืน, ผู้ละเมิดกฎ


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