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The global trade in babies born through commercial surrogacy is slowly being shut down.The determination of countries that have historically been centers of commercial surrogacy to stop the practice underscores the naivete of that position.Consider India, where the surrogacy industry is valued at $400 million per year; until recently, some 3,000 fertility clinics were operating in the country. And yet, as worries have mounted that commercial surrogacy leads to human trafficking and the exploitation of women, India's authorities have concluded that the ethical concerns outweigh the economic benefits.India has yet to finalize its anti-surrogacy legislation. Indeed, Indian regulations limiting surrogacy services to heterosexual couples who have been married for at least two years had already caused some of the trade to relocate, most notably to Thailand.As in India, surrogacy touched a deep nerve in Thailand, where some see it as neocolonialist exploitation, with babies as the raw commodities being extracted for the benefit of Westerners.
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