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Aussie faces surrogacy charges in Cambodia

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016

Australian consular officials in Cambodia are providing help to a Melbourne woman arrested for allegedly running a surrogacy agency in breach of a new ban.

Tammy Davis-Charles, a 49-year-old nurse and fertility specialist, is due to face court in Phnom Penh on Monday after she was arrested during a raid in the city on Friday.

Police claim Davis-Charles arranged for more than 20 Cambodian women to carry babies through her Fertility Solutions PGD Clinic.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said consular assistance was being provided to the woman.

"Due to privacy obligations we are unable to provide further information," the spokesman said.

Davis-Charles was arrested after Cambodia issued an edict banning all forms of surrogacy, calling such arrangements "a form of human trading".

She is accused of acting as an "intermediary in surrogacy and for falsifying documents".

There are up to 50 surrogate agencies operating in Cambodia, which has seen a sharp rise in demand for services as a countries such as Thailand, India and Nepal has introduced bans on surrogacy.

Australians in Cambodia affected by the crackdown on the surrogacy program were expected to meet at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday.

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