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Japanese man submits DNA to police in Thai surrogacy probe

A Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies through Thai surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to the police on Monday (Aug 18).

BANGKOK: A Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies through Thai surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to the police on Monday (Aug 18).

His Thai lawyer Kong Suriyamonthon has stated that the 24-year-old Japanese national wants to clear his name, although so far he has not been charged under Thai law. "There is a correct process of collection of DNA samples and I have already submitted the samples and documents to the police," said Suriyamonthon.

The man's whereabouts are currently unknown. He came to prominence following the story of Gammy, a baby born with Down syndrome with a Thai surrogate mother whose Australian biological parents abandoned him when they took his twin sister back to Australia.

The news led to a mass crackdown on IVF clinics across Thailand and the discovery of what is being dubbed as a baby factory where nine babies where discovered, alleged to have been fathered by the Japanese businessman.

Authorities have made it clear that he is a wealthy businessman that has already taken a number of surrogate children out of Thailand and into Cambodia. The police are currently investigating allegations of human trafficking but have found no links so far.

Thailand's military government is fast tracking laws that aim to make commercial surrogacy a crime in Thailand.