Vietnamese woman arrested for fertility scheme outside Ho Chi Minh City

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A doctor conducting an IVF technique at Ho Chi Minh City's An Sinh Hospital. Ovum trade is illegal in Vietnam and only infertile couples are eligible for donated eggs at hospitals. A doctor conducting an IVF technique at Ho Chi Minh City's An Sinh Hospital. Ovum trade is illegal in Vietnam and only infertile couples are eligible for donated eggs at hospitals.
Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on August 7 arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly trading human eggs .
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao of Ho Chi Minh City, was arrested while sealing a deal with an 18-year-old buyer in neighboring Binh Duong Province.
The young woman was identified only as M.
Police in Binh Duong’s Thuan An Town said they had followed Thao for a long time before catching her at M.’s grocery shop.
Police say Thao asked for VND20 million (US$940) for the ova.
M. agreed and got the money. However, after getting some injections before taking the eggs, she changed her mind and asked Thao to come to her shop to return the money.
Thao rejected all allegations when caught at the shop, but later admitted to the crime at the police station.
She confessed to having been involved in the illegal ovum trade for three years, Dan Viet reported without mentioning how many women she'd involved in the trade.
Trading human egg and sperm is illegal in Vietnam. Only infertile couples can request donated eggs at public hospitals.

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