April 22, 2018

Australian nurse jailed for paying Cambodians to have surrogate babies

04 August 2017, 12:40 | Marta Robbins

Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles sentenced to 18 months' jail in surrogacy case

Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles sentenced to 18 months' jail in Cambodia

Tammy Davis-Charles was sentenced Thursday in a court in the capital, Phnom Penh, along with two Cambodian associates, nine months after she was arrested and detained. Two Cambodians who worked with her received similar sentences of 18 months jail time and fines of two million riel.

Davis-Charles, who ran a clinic and provided the service to 23 Australian and American couples, was convicted of being an intermediary in surrogacy and engaging in falsifying documents alongside two Cambodians, Penh Rithy and Samrithchan Chariya.

Tammy Davis-Charles who was arrested in Phnom Penh in November a year ago has being found guilty of acting as an intermediary between adoptive parents and a pregnant woman.

From left to right: Samrith Chakrya; Tammy Davis Charles; Pech Rithy.

Since her arrest in November last week she has been a custody.

The sentence will begin from when they were arrested in November previous year. To organize paperwork for babies born through Cambodian surrogate mothers they paid $600 to $800 so that they could leave Cambodia with their parents. She says that she didn't know that the surrogacy was illegal in Cambodia.

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Ms. Davis-Charles had been living in Thailand, where she founded Fertility Solutions PGD with her husband, Simon Davis, after leaving her native Australia.

Judge Sor Lina said Tammy 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.

Police claimed she was involved in a money-making racket in which marriage documents between surrogate Khmer mothers and donor fathers were forged.

Davis-Charles' lawyer, Chheang Sophoan, asked the judge to drop charges against her, saying the evidence was unclear.

Eighteen of the surrogates were carrying babies for Australians.

"I have lost everything", she said.

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