2 surrogate mothers decide to keep their babies

Two of the Vietnamese women who were duped into becoming surrogate mothers by a Taiwanese gang have decided to keep their babies, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said yesterday.

The 15 women rescued from the gang, seven of who are pregnant and two have given birth to a baby boy each, will return to Vietnam next week. Authorities had initially found 13 women, and later discovered another two victims last week.

Presiding over a meeting with 11 agencies in a bid to resolve the issue, Jurin said the Vietnamese Embassy would help one of the victims who had lost her passport, while the Immigration Bureau would help the woman who had overstayed her visa.

Jurin said the authorities were thinking about charging the Taiwanese suspects with human trafficking and illegal detention. While medical facilities and practitioners involved would be subjected to the Medical Premises Act and the Medical Profession Act, he said, the Medical Council would consider on March 10 if the involved doctors should have their licences revoked.

Jurin said the legal procedure would take one week before the women could be repatriated. Alliance Anti Trafic (spelling is correct)Regional Thailand will cover their travel expenses.

-The Nation/Asia News Network