VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese authorities are speeding up procedures to repatriate the 14 Vietnamese mothers involved in an illegal surrogate baby ring in Bangkok.
Authorities say the surrogate mothers are not aware their jobs are illegal. They were paid $5,500 for each baby delivered.
The Bac Lieu province’s authorities yesterday announced they are struggling to help 8 out of the 14 Vietnamese to reunite with their families.
The local authorities are verifying their records to work together with the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand to send them back home as soon as possible.
Earlier, Pham Minh Tuan, first secretary at Vietnam embassy in Thailand said that 8 out of the 14 victims, all aged under 30, come from Bac Lieu including Le Thi Ngoc H., Le Thi C., Huynh Thi Thu T., all hailing from Long Dien Commune, Dong Hai District, Thach Thi My P. from Vinh Trach Dong commune, Mai Thi H., Hua Thi H., Son Thi N., and Phan Thi Ngoc H., all from Gia Rai district.
Among them, So Thi N. has a one-month old baby, while Mai Thi H., Hua Thi H., Huynh Thi Thu T., Le Thi C., and Phan Thi Ngoc H. are all pregnant.
The six others come from An Giang, Hau Giang and Ca Mau provinces, all in the Mekong River Delta in the south.
They are presently provided with food and accommodation at Kredtrakarn Protection and Occupational Development Center in Nonthaburi province, Thailand.
According to Tuan, these women are not aware their job is illegal under Thai law.
They said that they were paid US$5,500 for each successful child delivery on the condition that each baby weighs more than 2.8 kg.
“Our policy is to send them home soon but Thailand want to detain them for further investigation,” Tuan said.
Coming home this week
In other news, as citied by Bangkokpost, 14 Vietnamese surrogate mothers will be repatriated this week and their unborn babies will eventually be taken care of by the Vietnamese government.
"All the women will return to Vietnam this week... The babies to be born to the Vietnamese surrogate mothers will be under the care of the Vietnamese government," Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said.
He said the authorities were preparing to take legal action against a Taiwanese company on charges of human trafficking and illegal detention.
Jurin joined Thai officials from many agencies at a meeting yesterday to discuss how to proceed after a raid last week on the alleged illegal surrogacy firm Baby 101, run by a Taiwanese man in Bangkok.
The meeting decided legal action would be taken against the medical premises and doctors involved in the artificial insemination of the women.
The minister said the pregnant Vietnamese women who had originally intended to seek abortions had changed their minds and decided to continue with their pregnancies.
According to Thai police, the Taiwanese operator had been arrested in Taiwan. He entered Thailand in 2008 and resumed business here in 2009.
Viet moms freed in Thailand to be DNA tested
After the meeting between Vietnam and Thai officials yesterday, all members agreed that the 14 Vietnamese surrogate mothers recently set free from a surrogate baby ring in Bangkok are all victims.
They have pledged to work with relevant authorities to bring the Vietnamese women home.
Bui Dinh Cham, counselor at the Vietnam Embassy in Thailand, told Tuoi Tre that the two countries’ officials are discussing the victims’ situation.
Cham added that Thai Minister of Health Jurin Laksanawisit has promised to complete necessary procedures within 10-15 days to send them home.
The Vietnam embassy promised to frequently visit the victims during the time they are in Thailand and to provide them with Vietnamese food, milk and fish sauce because they are not accustomed to Thai cuisine.
According to Cham, Thailand has yet to make any contact with Vietnam about DNA test, which would help confirm that the babies are not related by blood to the Vietnamese mothers - as part of procedures to identify their surrogacy status.
Earlier, immigration police raided a Taiwanese company - Baby 101 Co - on Ramkhamhaeng Road on February 23 and charged its executive with human trafficking after it was found to offer an illegal surrogacy service.
Thai police arrested four Taiwanese staff and one Chinese, and rescued 14 Vietnamese women, seven of them allegedly pregnant with children destined for other people.Source: Tuoi Tre