Investigators found villages in Hubei where most women of child-bearing age had acted as surrogate mothers. Photo: Sohu.com

Surrogate motherhood becomes a family industry in poor Chinese villages

Investigation finds areas where the majority of women – many of whom were recruited by relatives – rent out their wombs for the equivalent of US$15,000

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Investigators found villages in Hubei where most women of child-bearing age had acted as surrogate mothers. Photo: Sohu.com
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.