Surrogacy ring makes 50 million (1.5 million USD) a year
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: A commercial surrogacy operation has “exported” more than 100 babies and earned more than Bt50 million each year, according to a young woman who claims to have sold her eggs to the ring.
Her eggs were reportedly embedded in women who had agreed to be surrogate mothers.
Identified only as “Irene”, the 25-year-old spoke up after the ring failed to pay her Bt60,000 for her latest egg.
“I’d never thought the agent would cheat me. We had been in contact for quite a long time,” she said.
She is also angry that the ring – led by a former nurse – thwarted her own efforts to attract egg buyers.
Irene usually works as a product presenter at events and knows a lot of pretty girls in the same profession.
According to her, buyers generally have a preference for good looks when they are shopping among willing sellers of their eggs and sperm.
“There is sperm from medical students for sale, too,” she said.
Most of the customers are Asians, including Chinese and Taiwanese.
“Some customers will request that the sellers of eggs or sperm look like them,” Irene said.
Identifying the former nurse leading the surrogacy ring by the initial “T”, she said: “From what I know, two other rings offer similar services.”
The T-led ring offers four options for its prospective customers, with prices ranging from Bt1 million to Bt3 million-plus, she said, adding that it used the services of not just fertility clinics, but also some well-known hospitals.
The ring usually seeks to recruit pretty women in their early 20s as egg sellers, she said.
“Prospective sellers must undergo check-ups. Even if they don’t pass the check-ups, they will be paid Bt3,000 to Bt5,000 for their time. But if the check-up shows they are physically fit, they will get between Bt20,000 and Bt80,000 per egg,” she explained.