In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 photo, Thai police Maj. Gen. Apichart Suribunya talks to reporters during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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BANGKOK: Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and found nine babies and nine nannies living in a few unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, play pens and diapers. They have since identified Mitsutoki Shigeta as the father of those babies -- and seven others.He is trying to get his children back -- the 12 in Thailand are being cared for by social services -- and he has proven through DNA samples sent from Japan that he is their biological father. He quickly left Thailand after the Aug. 5 raid on the condominium and has said through a lawyer that he simply wanted a large family and has the means to support it.Kokiat said Shigeta hired 11 Thai surrogate mothers to carry his children, including four sets of twins. Apichart of Interpol in Thailand said the local office never saw the warnings.Ratpratan, the lawyer, appeared during the raid to insist that Shigeta had done nothing wrong.
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