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Man smuggling sperm & eggs into Laos arrested

Man caught smuggling sperm, eggs & embryos into Laos & Cambodia hired by a mysterious man known only as Mr. Yu, who appears to be connected to surrogacy clinics.

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Claiming that a mysterious Thai-Japanese man known only as Mr. Yu hired him, his big bag was full of sperm, eggs & embryos, customs officials discovered.

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Man smuggling sperm & eggs into Laos arrested

21/04/2017
Mongkol Kannika

A Thai man was arrested at the Nong Khai border checkpoint yesterday carrying six tubes of what he claimed was human semen bound for Vientiane in Laos, officers said.

The man, named Nithinon Srithaniyanan, 25, said he was bringing the semen, stored in a nitrogen storage tank from Bangkok to a clinic in the Laos capital.

The semen came from two men, a Chinese and a Vietnamese, he told the officers.

Officers noticed that Mr Nithinon had been travelling back and forth to Cambodia through the Aranyaprathet checkpoint, and to Laos via Nong Khai's Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

This is according to Nimit Saeng-ampai, chief customs officer at the checkpoint.

A man was arrested at the customs checkpoint in Nong Khai while attempting to smuggle a small tank of nitrogen containing frozen human semen into Laos.

BIG BAG FULL OF FROZEN SPERM, EGGS & EMBRYOS

Each time the man passed through the border checkpoint he was seen carrying a large bag, the officials said.

Yesterday, border checkpoint officers decided to see what was in the man's mysterious bag.

When the officers opened the bag, they were surprised to find a storage tank equipped to store frozen sperm, eggs and embryos.

Lab tests, however, were still needed to determine whether the tubes the man was ferrying across the border indeed contained sperm and embryos

This is according to Dr Chachawal Ritthiti, Nong Khai's deputy chief public health officer, who was also present when the bag was inspected.

Buying, selling, importing or exporting human sperm, eggs or embryos is prohibited according to a law on assisted reproductive technologies.

Big jar used to cool tubes of sperm inside.(Source: Post Today)

MYSTERIOUS THAI-JAPANESE MAN KNOWN ONLY AS MR. YU

Mr Nithinon claimed he had been hired by a mixed Thai-Japanese man known only as Mr Yu since last year to take the nitrogen storage tanks from four clinics in Bangkok to neighbouring countries, officials said.

He took the tanks to a clinic in Vientiane on 12 occasions, and to a hospital and clinic in Phnom Penh 13 times, receiving 5,000 baht for each delivery, according to his statement.

ALREADY NOTORIOUS SURROGACY CLINICS APPEAR TO HAVE ORDERED SMUGGLING

An initial examination found some of the clinics he mentioned have faced complaints over surrogacy issues.

This is according to Dr Akom Pradittasuwan, director of Thailand's Bureau of Sanatorium and Healing Arts.

However, the cases have yet to be considered by the Medical Council of Thailand, Dr Akom said.

PENALTIES COULD BE AS HIGH AS 10-YEARS IN PRISON FOR SMUGGLING EMBRYOS

The penalties would be higher for illegally transporting embryos.

This is according to Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, deputy director-general of the Department of Health Service Support.

The clinics involved would also be liable, he said.

Any violators of the law on assisted reproductive technologies would be subject to jail terms of up to three years, a fine of up to 60,000 baht, or both, he added.

Moreover, the penalty for taking prohibited items out of Thailand is a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine equivalent to four times the value of the item or product being smuggled, or both.

THE JAPANESE MAN WHO FATHERED 16 BABIES WITH SURROGATE MOTHERS IN THAILAND

In 2014, a scandal involving a Japanese businessman identified as Mitsutoki Shigeta made headlines after he was found to have fathered at least 16 babies with surrogate mothers in Thailand.

He was investigated by Interpol that same year on suspicion of human trafficking.



http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1235494/man-held-for-semen-smuggling

http://www.posttoday.com/local/northeast/491197

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