Man sues Thailand over surrogate babies

Mitsutoki Shigeta is reportedly suing Thailand for the release of nine babies he had by surrogate mothers.

A Japanese man has sued Thailand for the release of nine babies he had by surrogate mothers, the Bangkok Post reports.

Mitsutoki Shigeta, 24, made headlines last year when it emerged he had paid several women in Thailand to have his babies, and was keeping them in a Bangkok apartment.

Thai authorities placed the babies in a home while authorities investigated Shigeta, who fled Thailand for Japan, for possible human trafficking violations.

He earlier said he wants to produce between 100 and 1000 babies, according to the co-founder of an organisation that provides surrogacy services in Thailand and other countries.

"The best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children," Shigeta told Mariam Kukunashvili of New Life Global Network.

Thailand revised its surrogacy laws last year following the Shigeta case and another scandal in which surrogate baby Gammy with Down syndrome was left behind by an Australian couple, who took his twin sister.

A bill was then passed by the National Legislative Assembly explicitly banning commercial surrogacy in Thailand.

Source AAP

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