Three Cambodian surrogates arrested in Vietnam

According to, three Cambodian women were detained in Vietnam on human trafficking and other charges and turned over to Cambodian authorities for allegedly carrying babies for foreign nationals. Since Cambodia outlawed surrogacy in 2016, dozens of women acting as surrogates have been arrested.

The article stated that two of the women are pregnant and one has delivered a baby, according to a spokesman for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

The Court charged the women with selling, buying or exchanging a person for cross-border transfer under Cambodia’s anti-human trafficking law.

Cambodia outlawed surrogacy in 2016. Since then, dozens of women acting as surrogates and those running illegal surrogacy businesses have been arrested on trafficking charges.

A draft law, which could legalise altruistic surrogacy, is still under discussion.