Cambodian women face surrogacy charges after Vietnam births

A court official says three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A court official says three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman said Friday the three women are being detained pending further investigation.

The Phnom Penh Post quoted a senior anti-human trafficking police officer as saying the women were detained by Vietnamese police and returned to Cambodia after having illegally crossed into the country to deliver their children to Chinese nationals for $8,000 per baby. They were charged in court on Thursday.

Cambodia's anti-surrogacy law carries a penalty of one to six months in prison, while the human trafficking charge is punishable by 15 to 20 years' imprisonment.