Five Chinese nationals have been sentenced to five years and three months in prison by a court in Bangkok, Thailand for using trafficked Vietnamese wome for their surrogacy service.
Thailand's laws do not ban surrogation but the five, Chen Pei Wen, Tsai Ling Yi, Su Yu Hsien, Tsai Yu Yun, and an unidentified one, were convicted of human trafficking and doing a business without license.
Wen, the ring leader, was also fined 230,000 baht (US$7,224) for organizing the trafficking.
A Myanmar woman was also involved in the ring but has since been released home as police found she only helped take care of the Vietnamese in the service.
The ring was busted last year when eight of the 15 Vietnamese women, between 19-30 years of age, were either were pregnant or had delivered babies.
Police said the Vietnamese came from the Mekong Delta provinces and were trafficked to Thailand.
They had been returned home with their babies, whose biological parents from Taiwan are trying to get the children back legally through adoption procedures.
Vietnam does not allow surrogacy but the service is popular and provided illegally in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Women from poor families are providing the service and also donating their eggs apart from having sex with husbands of infertile women, according to local media reports.
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