Illegal trade in human sperm still unclear

Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, deputy director-general of the Health Service Support Department, speaks to reporters after inspecting an infertility treatment clinic in Bangkok on Friday. (Photos by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

It was still not confirmed a man arrested at the border in Nong Khai on his way to Laos was actually carrying human semen, eggs or embyros for use in surrogacy, a senior health official said on Friday.

Charges could not be laid until the frozen contents of the nitrogen cylinder found in his suitcase were examined and confirmed, Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, deputy director-general of the Health Service Support Department, said.

He was responding to the reported arrest of an outbound 25-year-old Thai man carrying frozen semen at the Thai-Lao border checkpoint in Nong Khai on Thursday.

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