Man ar­rested for smug­gling sperm

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

BANGKOK: Thai au­thor­i­ties ar­rested a man try­ing to smug­gle six vials of sperm into Laos, a cus­toms of­fi­cer said yes­ter­day, the lat­est sign that the com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy in­dus­try is grow­ing in the opaque com­mu­nist re­gion. The 25 year old was ar­rested in the bor­der town of Nong Khai with the tubes packed in­side a ni­tro­gen tank, a Thai cus­toms of­fi­cer said. “It was his 13th time smug­gling se­men through Nong Khai,” the of­fi­cial said, re­quest­ing anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rised to speak to the press. Of­fi­cials be­lieve the vials were bound for a sur­ro­gacy clinic in Laos, an im­pov­er­ished coun­try that is soak­ing up de­mand for the rent-a-womb busi­ness. Ac­cord­ing to bor­der of­fi­cials, the man was car­ry­ing sperm do­nated from Chi­nese and Viet­namese men in Bangkok. – AFP

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