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Thailand clamps down on surrogate baby industry

Credit: Reuters

Four couples from the US and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies, it is reported.

The move was part of a government crackdown on the burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry, Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.

The crackdown follows recent publicity over a Thai surrogate mother who said she was left with a baby rejected by his Australian biological parents after he was born with Down's syndrome. The biological parents, who took the boy's healthy twin sister home, dispute the circumstances in which they abandoned their son.