Thai Police to Visit Over Surrogate Case

Thai police will visit Cambodia to meet four children here possibly fathered by a Japanese man suspected of running a baby-trafficking operation using surrogate mothers in Bangkok, according to Thai media.

Last week, Thai authorities named Japanese national Mitsutoki Shigeta, 24, as a key figure in the operation and said that he had entered Cambodia from Thailand several times this year, occasionally with different infants in tow bearing his family name.

On Saturday, the Bangkok Post reported that Thai police had announced plans to visit Cambodia to meet Mr. Shigeta’s unnamed “coordinator” and four children Mr. Shigeta may have fathered here.

DNA tests show that Mr. Shigeta, who remains at large, fathered at least nine children in Bangkok with several women, the report adds.

Mr. Shigeta is the son of telecom mogul Yasumitsu Shigeta, whom Forbes lists as the 11th wealthiest man in Japan. According to the Commerce Ministry, there are five local businesses registered to a Shigeta Mitsutoki.

Ke Sovath, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s passport department, confirmed that Mr. Shigeta also had Cambodian citizenship, conferred by royal decree in 2012.

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