Cambodian Surrogates Face an Impossible Choice–Forced Motherhood, or Years in Prison

May 13, 2019

(Australian Broadcasting Co) – The circumstances are anything but conventional: Phalla was a surrogate paid to carry the baby for a couple in China. Now, due to stop-gate measures enacted by Cambodian authorities late last year intended to act as a deterrent to the practice of surrogacy, Phalla is among dozens of women forced to raise the child they bore. If she doesn’t, she faces up to 20 years in prison for human trafficking.