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Surrogate motherhood meets globalization.

When Reshma gives birth next month in this small
Indian town, the newborn will be immediately handed over to its
biological parents, non-resident Indians who live in London and who
have been unable to bear a child on their own. In return for renting
her womb, Reshma will be paid $2,800 – a significant sum by Indian

"These amounts are still nearly three times cheaper than what surrogacy in the UK would cost us," [the parents] say.

A little strange but I have a lot of respect for the surrogate mother and her husband:

"I have two cherubic children of my own," says
Reshma, who withheld her real name for fear of disapproval by
neighbors. "That couple has none. Imagine how much happiness this baby
will give them."

Reshma’s husband Vinod – not his real name – says
his paltry $50 montly pay as a painter would not be enough to educate
his two children. He says the extra money will allow him to invest in
his children’s education and to buy a new home.

Thanks to Pablo Halkyard for the pointer.


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