Recent news stories from Thailand have highlighted the dangers for children in surrogacy. This is particularly so where little or no legal framework exists to control surrogacy.
The Bill Crews Charitable Trust has been working on the issue with Childline Thailand for many years and has uncovered examples of children whose surrogate parents have previous convictions for child abuse in the West.
Speaking on the ABC’s 730 program Rev. Crews said: “Exploitation of the poorest of the poor like this is wrong. Let’s put some legislation around it to make sure that it’s minimised and at least regulated so that, you know, people who need a child can find a child, providing the situation is right, and – but the rights of that child and the rights of the surrogate mother and the rights of everybody are protected and it’s all done in the full glare of public awareness so that there’s nothing hidden and no dark deeds can go on.”