Suspects arrested on charges of offering surrogacy services in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Police recently arrested several people for allegedly offering surrogacy services to local couples who were having difficulty conceiving, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday.

The chief suspect, surnamed Lo, was recently arrested by police for offering surrogacy services, which are illegal in Taiwan, to local couples in exchange for money. The fees were set at NT$1.5 million (S$62,852) to NT$2 million, the CIB said in a statement.

Lo and another suspect, a Vietnamese national surnamed Wu, worked together to find Vietnamese and Thai women to serve as surrogate mothers. These surrogate mothers never received payments from Lo and Wu.

Aside from offering this illegal service, the two suspects also asked local couples to pay extra, saying that failure to do so would mean they would not get access to the babies.

Over the past few years, more than 10 Taiwanese couples have taken part in such schemes, the CIB said.

Lo was previously jailed by southern Changhua District Court in 2012 for the same offence, it added.

The CIB reminded local couples that surrogate motherhood is prohibited in Taiwan.