Should Cambodian Surrogates Face Human Trafficking charges?(Reuters, May 12, 2919)

Dozens of surrogates have been charged under human trafficking laws and face up to 20 years in prison – a scenario that must change under the new law, said Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).Family pressures, often brought about by excessive debt, can drive young women into surrogacy, women’s rights experts said.The release on bail last month of 11 surrogate mothers – some of whom gave birth in detention – follows that of 32 in December who were carrying babies for Chinese clients. Thedirector of the charity Gender and Development for Cambodia, said that surrogacy should be outlawed for now in Cambodia as there is no guarantee of the safety of procedures.