When Ignorance Leaves Pregnant Surrogates on the Wrong Side of Cambodian Law

January 11, 2018

(The Phnom Penh Post) – Malis* sits under her home in a remote village with her legs folded under her swelling belly. She’s six months pregnant, expecting a baby girl, and knows nothing about the child’s parents except that they are Chinese. She also is unaware that, as of yesterday, she could find herself facing serious jail time for her role in an illegal surrogacy operation. Though the “rent-a-womb” practice was outlawed in a snap edict in October 2016, the Interior Ministry named January 8 the deadline for a “surrogacy amnesty”.

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