Unregulated surrogacy industry worth over $2bn thrives without legal framework

Himanshi Dhawan | TNN | 18 July 2013

With an unregulated surrogacy industry thriving in India, rich couples are preying on domestic helps and housemaids coercing them to step up to the task. There is little or no protection for the surrogate mother controlled in the most part by a web of middle-men with medical practitioners choosing to turn a blind eye to this controversial transaction. These are part of the conclusions drawn from a study on the surrogacy industry by NGO, Centre for Social Research (CSR).

The study conducted among 100 surrogate mothers in Delhi and Mumbai says that doctors refer to the transaction as “maid business”. CII has estimated the industry to be over $2 billion a year.

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