Mon. Dec 9th, 2019

Ukraine discovers more than 1,000 possible irregular cases of rent bellies in the EU | Society

In 2011, an Italian couple took a baby from Ukraine who had no genetic link with either of them. The Eastern European country, become one of the favorite destinations of the rent bellies, then opened an investigation, in which Spain has just entered, with which they have detected more than a thousand possible irregular cases in Europe. The Kiev investigations are based on possible crimes of human trafficking, documentary falsehood, illegal transfer of people across the state border and tax evasion. The Prosecutor's Office of the National Court will investigate the possible Spanish ramification of the case, as the State Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday.

The research is focused on the Biotexcom clinic, as this newspaper has confirmed from research sources. It is a company whose base is Kiev and that operates with different locations outside. Among them, one in Spain that advertise on its own website. The Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, sent a complaint to the State Attorney General to request that the drifts of the case in Spain be studied after Ukraine communicated details of its investigation to the Spanish Government in early August. Among others, the existence of “more than a thousand cases in which there may be directly or indirectly criminal commissions,” explains the minister to this newspaper. It is the first time that the ministry has requested that judicial womb agencies be investigated judicially.

"We must prevent
play with the children ”

Ukraine is, together with the United States, the main destination of Spanish families who come to the bellies for rent. They also travel to Canada or Georgia. They are around the annual thousand, according to estimates of associations of families and agencies. Administrations do not give official data.

Although it is a prohibited practice in Spain, an administrative instruction authorizes the registration of babies if there is a sentence on filiation in the country where the process has been carried out. It is not possible to get that sentence in Kiev. Until last February, the hand was opened and the inscriptions were made with DNA tests. Now the children go out with a Ukrainian passport. The Minister of Justice believes that the open investigation reinforces her actions and points out that these requirements will not change. "These instructions are articulated to prevent that you can play with children and their origin," says Dolores Delgado. He regrets that there is no "uniform international legislation that prohibits surrogacy."

This thousand cases can affect families from different countries of Europe in which, as in Spain, the practice of rent bellies is not allowed. The possible irregularities are not related to the fact of going to the practice of rent bellies, which is legal in Ukraine, but to the crimes of which Biotexcom is accused, which controls two thirds of the business that is done in Kiev with foreigners and that it has built an empire offering two “packages” of bellies for rent at a fixed price in one of the countries with the lowest rates in the world. On its website it offers the standard model for 39,900 euros and the VIP (49,900 euros) that allows you to choose the sex of the baby, something also prohibited in Spain.

Following the case of the Italian couple, Ukraine opened an investigation against the owner of Biotexcom, Albert Totchilovski, who was under house arrest for child trafficking and tax evasion. In September 2018, the prosecutor responsible for the case in Kiev explained to this newspaper that they had launched an international requisition to test DNA of children in different countries to compare them with that of legal parents and pregnant women. In Ukraine only heterosexual marriages are allowed to attend this practice. The genetic material must be provided by at least one of them and there is a woman, without a genetic relationship with the future baby, who is pregnant.

“Leonine” contracts

The conditions of some of the contracts signed by pregnant women with so-called parents of intention are also being investigated by Ukraine. "They are really worrisome, Leonine and undermine human rights," said the Minister of Justice, which lists some clauses included in those agreements. As of the seventh month of pregnancy, women should live in a room designated by the agency's representatives and separated from their children, if they have them. "They will not be able to see them again until they deliver the child," says Delgado. They cannot have sex during pregnancy. Intentional parents decide at some extremes if an abortion must be performed. In the event that the clauses are breached, a fine is established for the pregnant woman “of 200% of the consideration that she receives for the pregnancy”. Ukrainian research has detected cases in which women charge a third or less than what they were promised. If the deal was closed for 10,000 euros, they ended up paying 3,000 or up to 500 euros.

Biotexcom has worked with different intermediary agencies that operate in Spain and still collaborates with some of them. Justice requested that the Prosecutor's Office extend the investigation to these intermediaries, although without specifying names. There are families who contact Biotexcom directly to save money from mediating companies. The Minister of Justice emphasizes that "in no case is the investigation against the parents or the creatures."

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