Wombs for rent in a hamlet of hope

Mata Press Service | Asian Pacific Post | 9 March 2006

Smita Pandya, is expecting her third child. Unlike the other two, she is being paid to carry this one.

“Why not, if it helps me give my own children a better future?” asked the housewife.

Navina Patel, 26, her two sisters and her sister-in-law have all taken to bearing children as a means to enhance their living standards.

“My mother-in-law suggested it to me. We needed to buy a good house,” said Navina.

Three months ago, Navina’s sister-in-law became a surrogate mother of twins.

“We now have a good house to live in,” she adds.

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