Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Single Men Buying Children for [Pounds Sterling]15,000 at 'Baby Factory'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Single Men Buying Children for [Pounds Sterling]15,000 at 'Baby Factory'

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Byline: Robert Mendick Chief Reporter

A SURROGACY clinic in India is advertising babies for sale to single men in Britain.

Newborns can be bought for as little as [pounds sterling]15,000 at the private clinic in Mumbai. More than 10 single men have purchased babies from the Rotunda Clinic.

No checks on their background are made, including whether they have convictions or have been vetted by social workers.

One London couple who had a child thanks to the clinic have been approached by single men hoping to do the same. Bobby Bains, who runs a website explaining how to obtain a surrogate baby in India, said one in six inquiries he gets comes from single men or gay couples.

"I make the introductions," said Mr Bains, from Ilford. "I don't like it myself but I still put them in touch with India. There's no stopping it. The Pandora's Box is open and there is no going back. This is the future."

Mr Bains, 45, and his wife Nikki, 44, paid the Rotunda clinic tens of thousands of pound over several years in a desperate attempt to have a baby.

Finally last July, a surrogate mother, implanted with a donated egg fertilised by Mr Bains' sperm, gave birth to their daughter Daisy.

Rotunda's website advertises its surrogacy service with the pledge of a birth certificate issued in the name of the "intended parents" and the baby handed over immediately after the birth.

Its website states: "Rotunda offers gestational surrogacy in India to people of all nationalities. All couples including lesbian and gay couples and even single men and single women can avail this facility to fulfil their dream of enjoying parenthood."

Dr Gautam Allahbadia, who runs the clinic, told the Standard he thought anyone who wanted a baby should be entitled to have one -- despite growing concern that a near-absence of regulations has allowed the surrogacy industry there to boom unchecked. …

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