‘I will not give them the baby’: the plight of Cambodia’s detained surrogates

Women lured by the chance to escape poverty explain how they have gone from being treated as victims to criminals.

Sopheap* coos as she cradles her newest grandson, just five days old. She puts her nose to his head and drinks in his scent. She looks every bit the picture of the proud grandmother, as her young son and his exhausted wife look on.

But this is not a typical post-birth glow; their nativity scene is watched over by police guards.

The new mother, Malis*, and her son are prisoners in a hospital on the outskirts of Phnom Penh with 31 other women, all surrogates hired by a company to deliver babies to Chinese clients.

Read the full story: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/02/i-will-not-give-them-the-baby-plight-cambodia-detained-surrogates

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