Tammy Davis-Charles jailed for Cambodian surrogacy clinic

An Australian nurse has been jailed for running an illegal commercial surrogacy clinic in Cambodia.

Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, was guilty of being a intermediary in surrogacy and engaging in falsifying documents along with her two Cambodian assistants. 

Cambodia was a popular destination for infertile couples seeking babies through commercial surrogacy before the practice was banned in 2016.

Tammy Davis-Charles has been jailed for running an illegal commercial surrogacy clinic in Cambodia

Tammy Davis-Charles has been jailed for running an illegal commercial surrogacy clinic in Cambodia

Davis-Charles sits in a car near the Municipal Court where she is on trial in Phnom Penh

Davis-Charles sits in a car near the Municipal Court where she is on trial in Phnom Penh

Davis Charles, and her assistants Penh Rithy and Samrithchan Chariya were sentenced to 1-1/2 years behind bars by Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge So Lyna.

Penh Rithy and Samrithchan Chariya knew about the commercial surrogacy ban but still engaged in the business, said the judge.

Judge So Lyna said Davis-Charles charged foreign couples between $50,000 to $70,000 for surrogacy services and paid Cambodian women between $10,000 to $12,000 to carry babies on their behalf.

She said Davis-Charles provided surrogacy services to 23 Australian and American couples and that Davis-Charles paid Penh

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