PHNOM PENH - An Australian nurse jailed for 18 months for running a surrogacy clinic in Cambodia had her sentence upheld Monday (Jan 8) in a prominent case highlighting the country's role in the lucrative trade.
Tammy Davis-Charles, a nurse in her early 50s from Melbourne, was arrested in November 2016 with two Cambodian colleagues weeks after the country passed an edict forbidding commercial surrogacy.
She was convicted of sourcing clients and falsifying documents, although she said in her trial that she simply provided medical care to the Cambodian mothers.
Appeal Court Judge Kim Dany upheld the verdict during a brief hearing in Phnom Penh, saying the court had "already given a lenient sentence".
Dressed in a blue prisoner uniform, Davis-Charles did not react to the ruling or speak to reporters afterwards. She has a final chance to appeal the sentence in front of the Supreme Court.