The son of Australian surrogacy broker Tammy Davis-Charles said this week that his mother was an innocent victim of a government set-up and parents were continuing to remove babies conceived via surrogacy from the country.
Sitting in a corridor on the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s fourth floor on Thursday, Dylan Charles spoke to a reporter about trying to protect his mother from what he described as a corrupt Cambodian justice system.
Within weeks of banning surrogate pregnancies in October, authorities arrested Ms. Davis-Charles, 49. The director of Fertility Solutions PGD, she was charged with fraudulently requesting documents and acting as an intermediary between an adoptive parent and a pregnant woman, and sent to jail to await trial.
Mr. Charles, who traveled to Phnom Penh in recent weeks, claimed that Australian couples were continuing to travel to Cambodia to collect babies born through his mother’s company and return home with them. Such parents had traveled to Phnom Penh and returned to Australia with their children as recently as last week, he said.
Mr. Charles repeatedly asked if he would be paid in exchange for speaking to a reporter, and boasted of receiving offers of large payments from Australian media outlets in return for an interview.
He refused to allow the interview to be recorded.
Asked via Facebook to elaborate on his comments later in the day, Mr. Charles declined and berated a reporter for seeking additional detail.
“Have some respect [and] let me deal with these corrupt pieces of shit without you trying to get information on something that most [of] the Cambodian people couldn’t care less about,” he said.
“F— off or I’ll be suing for definition [sic] of character.”
“Just in case you don’t know what that means…. If someone damages your reputation by way of slander or libel, you may have grounds to sue for defamation.”
“Seriously mate, get a new job.”