Japanese man in Thai surrogacy probe had planned to father up to 1,000 children

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Japanese man suspected of fathering at least 15 surrogate children in Thailand planned to sire as many as 1,000, reported The Japan Times.

The 24-year-old man said he wanted to produce between 100 and 1,000 babies, according to the co-founder of an organisation that provides surrogate services in Thailand and other countries.

"The best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children," he said according to Ms Mariam Kukunashvili of New Life Global Network.

She said she refused to introduce him to more surrogate mothers, and reported her suspicions to the Japanese embassy and Interpol.

Thai police are investigating the man for possible trafficking offences, after it emerged that he had taken three babies out of the country in the past year, Police General Ek Ungsananont said.

Investigators said DNA tests confirmed that nine infants found in a Thai condominium last week shared a common father. Each child was under the care of individual nannies.

The apartment and the nannies were registered under the name of the Japanese man, who has since fled the country, police said.

Officials have placed the infants in the care of social services.

Thailand has re-examined its surrogacy laws following a scandal involving a surrogate baby left behind in Thailand by an Australian couple.

Authorities have been examining surrogacy clinics and practices around the country, but complain that legal loopholes make cases difficult to investigate.