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5 Chonburi Mothers Broke, Busted After Chinese Surrogacy Ring Collapses Amid Pandemic

The Pattaya-area moms thought they'd hit huge paydays, until the borders closed

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Five Chonburi women thought they’d hit th jackpot when they were offered 30,000-baht a month to be surrogate mothers for Chinese men. Then the coronavirus hit.

Today the women are pregnant, broke and under arrest, after Provincial Police Region 2’s transnational crime task force broke up the illegal surrogacy ring.

Provincial Police chief Pol. Lt.Gen. Montri Yimyam interviewd the five women Wednesday at Chonburi’s Saen Suk Police Station, They implicated brother and sister Phennapha Watthanin, 35, and Prakaew Kaew Wednesdaychok, 30, as the ring leaders, arranging to sell the women’s services to a Chinese gang.

The Chinese agreed to pay a total 450,000 baht per pregnancy, with the mothers getting 270,000 of that. However, after Thailand closed its borders the women were unable to fly to China to deliver the infants.

Two of the women are still pregnant. Another confessed she’s had three children for the traffickers and is unable to bear any more.

Police are expanding the investigation to capture the Chinese involved as they suspect some may still be in the country.