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Thailand launches trafficking probe after nine surrogate babies found

Published on Aug 8, 2014 6:34 PM
 
Thai police on Friday said they have launched a human trafficking probe after a Japanese man, believed to be the father of nine babies found in mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok apartment, left the country. -- PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai police on Friday said they have launched a human trafficking probe after a Japanese man, believed to be the father of nine babies found in mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok apartment, left the country.

Investigators suspect five more babies - all from surrogate mothers - had been cared for at the plush suburban property but had already been taken out of Thailand by the time the nursery was discovered on Tuesday.

A Thai lawyer present during the raid told police the babies were fathered by an unnamed wealthy Japanese man. The infants are believed to be aged between two weeks and two years, although no official documents were found with them.

Each baby had a nanny caring for them, who said they were paid US$310 (S$388) a month to look after the infants.

 
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