Surrogate Mother Found Guilty Of Selling Gay Couples' Babies
Mar 23, 2016 05:51 AM EDT
A French court has found a woman guilty of conning her clients, who are two gay couples, by selling their babies. She has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence.
According to The Guardian, the woman was hired by two gay couples for her services as a surrogate mother. She has been identified only as Aurore. However, surrogacy is illegal in France so the couples who hired her are also facing charges.
Luxemburger Wort also reported that aside from the two gay couples, one more gay and heterosexual couple, who bought the babies from Aurore, have been given suspended fines of 2,000 euros.
Accordingly, the first contract of Aurore was back in 2010 with the first male homosexual couple. They lived in Western France and Aurore agreed to carry their child for 15,000 euros. The due date for the first baby was March 21, 2011 but when the time came, she reportedly sent a text message to the male coupe that the child was stillborn, News 24 reported.
However, that was found to be a lie as the baby, who is a male, was born in prefect health. He was sold for around 10,000 euros to another gay couple who were living in Luxembourg.
Two years after, Aurore signed another contract to carry the baby to another male gay coupe for the same fee as the first. She again told the couple that the child died but she sold it to a straight couple in northern France.
The surrogate mother, who is now 37, was arrested in 2013. Accordingly, she was in contact with three other couples and was offering her services. She has been charged with fraud and attempted fraud.
Aurore has had four children in 2008 and even had an unwanted fifth child. The fifth child was offered to a Parisian couple for free.
None of the couples who asked for her services and bought babies from her have been identified.