International Commercial Surrogacy in India: Exploitation, Poverty, Alternatives and Survival
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The thriving Indian international surrogacy business is much in debate at the moment. Couples from all over the world, usually from developed nations in which surrogacy is illegal as it is seen as demeaning, pay an Indian clinic to organise to have their baby gestated and carried inside an Indian surrogate, who then gives birth to the baby to be taken away by the couple. The surrogate, always a woman from a very poor background, receives a fee.
Kishwar Desai's recent novel Origins Of Love highlighted this issue in the form of a crime thriller. It portrayed how corruption, greed, mismanagement and exploitation work hand in hand to ruin people's lives. This week, BBC Four broadcast a documentary on the same subject, made by Matt Rudge. Called House of Surrogates, the programme demonstrated skilfully the complexities behind the obvious issue of exploitation.
As mere observers from the West, we can criticise many things which go on in developing countries. Like child labour, commercial
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