Cambodia frees 32 surrogate mothers after they vow to keep their babies following

Surrogacy was banned in 2016 because the country was becoming a popular destination for foreign would-be parents.

Thirty-two Cambodian women who were charged with human trafficking for serving as surrogate mothers have been provisionally released from detention after agreeing to keep the babies rather than giving them up as originally planned, officials said Wednesday.

Bun Samkhan, a spokeswoman for the National Committee for Counter-Trafficking, said the women, who were charged in July with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws, were released on bail in three groups, the last 17 on Wednesday.

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