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Cambodia gets tough on commercial surrogacy

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By Seamus Kearney
Cambodia gets tough on commercial surrogacy

<p>Cambodia has sent out a strong message about commercial surrogacy.</p> <p>A court in Phnom Penh has jailed an Australian nurse and two local assistants on charges of running an illegal surrogacy clinic.</p> <p>Tammy Davis-Charles has been given a sentence of one and a half years for breaching a 2016 ban on commercial clinics in the country.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Australian nurse sentenced to 18 months’ jail in Cambodia on surrogacy charges <a href="https://t.co/Mw1DqFzh43">https://t.co/Mw1DqFzh43</a></p>— Guardian news (@guardiannews) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardiannews/status/892976354983002112">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Southeast Asia had been a popular destination for infertile couples but Cambodia followed the lead of Thailand in outlawing the practice.</p> <p>Davis-Charles had denied the charges against her. She claimed she was only looking after surrogate mothers and did not know about the ban.</p> <p>Many couples are now going to Laos for In-Vitro Fertilisation and surrogacy services.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Interviews by <span class="caps">AFP</span> suggest that the surrogacy industry in Cambodia remains despite a ban, albeit in the shadows <a href="https://t.co/sLD6aEnRXE">https://t.co/sLD6aEnRXE</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/876572736679759872">June 18, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>