A Bangkok court docket has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 infants he fathered via Thai surrogate moms.
The ruling permits Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the kids.
The rich son of a cell phone tycoon induced controversy in 2014 when he was revealed to have fathered 16 infants through surrogates in Thailand.
His so-called “child manufacturing unit” case and others led to Thailand banning industrial surrogacy for foreigners.
Mr Shigeta, who was not current on the trial, was awarded “sole dad or mum” rights after the Thai surrogates forfeited their rights, in response to the court docket.
“For the happiness and alternatives which the 13 youngsters will obtain from their organic father, who doesn’t have a historical past of unhealthy behaviour, the court docket guidelines that every one 13 born from surrogacy to be authorized youngsters of the plaintiff,” Bangkok’s Central Juvenile Courtroom stated in a press release.
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In 2014, Mr Shigeta was investigated by Interpol for human trafficking after it emerged he had fathered 16 surrogate youngsters in Thailand.
His Bangkok house was raided and police discovered 9 surrogate infants, nannies and a pregnant surrogate mom there.
He left Thailand quickly after, however later sued the Ministry of Social Improvement and Human Safety for custody of the kids.
On the time, there was sturdy concern over his motives for wanting so many infants, together with allegations of human trafficking and exploitation of kids. However his lawyer stated his motives had been solely that he needed an enormous household.
In 2015 he was awarded custody of the three different youngsters.
It was this case and that of “Child Gammy” that make clear Thailand’s booming surrogacy trade.
Child Gammy’s Thai surrogate mom alleged that he was deserted by his Australian mother and father after they discovered he had Down’s Syndrome.
An Australian court docket later cleared the household of abandonment.