A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children. The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he caused controversy in 2014 when he was revealed to have fathered 16 babies via surrogates in Thailand. His so-called “baby factory” case and others led to Thailand banning commercial surrogacy for foreigners.
A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children. The son of a wealthy entrepreneur, he caused controversy in 2014 when he was revealed to have fathered 16 babies via surrogates in Thailand. His so-called "baby factory" case and others led to Thailand banning commercial surrogacy for foreigners.
"Pela felicidade e oportunidade que as 13 crianças vão receber do pai biológico, que não tem uma história de mau comportamento, a corte decide que todas as 13 nascidas de barrigas de aluguel são filhos do demandante", diz trecho da sentença. Shigeta deixou a Tailândia logo depois do escândalo, mas não desistiu de ficar com as crianças. Ele decidiu processar o Ministério de Desenvolvimento Social e Segurança Humana pela guarda dos filhos. Poucos detalhes são conhecidos sobre a vida de Shigeta.
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