The human reproduction center claims to offer, among other means of assistance in reproduction, surrogacy to those who can pay for it. Surrogacy is illegal in Spain, which causes families to seek women to exploit in other countries. But in 2020, the world is facing a pandemic. Ukraine, like many other countries, closed its borders and put the country in lockdown to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.
In the middle of the chaos, would-be parents who hired a surrogate to have a baby were left with no way of traveling to Ukraine to collect the child. In an update on the agency’s website, there is a lengthy and detailed account of the current situation, showing pictures of the newborn children who are awaiting to be picked up by their biological parents. The children are born stateless, stored in hotels and private homes with no official legal guardian.
BioTexCom, which charges about $50,000 per baby, has previously been implicated in a series of scandals including human trafficking. The surrogacy industry in Ukraine has so little oversight that experts have claimed, “it’s as if there were no regulations at all.” [...]