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The $180,000 black
market baby that may have multiple blonde, fair and blue-eyed siblings -
each designed to get the highest price
New details of black market baby-selling ring emerge as lawyer says
eggs, sperm came from same two donors
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:46 PM on 19th August 2011
The pricey 'designer babies' being offered to the wealthy may all be
full biological siblings, as new details emerge in a sick black market
Lawyer Andy Vorzimer, who's representing three surrogates who
'delivered' babies for $180,000 each, told the New York Post that
embryos implanted in them were from the same egg and sperm donor.
Mr Vorzimer said: 'Presumably, they were carrying the brothers and
sisters of each other.'
The new development comes days after details of a black-market baby ring
was broken up by the FBI - with the help of a socialite tricked into
buying her son.
Taylor Stein, daughter of rock music promoter Howard, unwittingly became
involved in a sting where cash-strapped surrogates were impregnated with
sperm and eggs from the Ukraine.
As she was about to receive her child, for whom she had paid $180,000,
she was contacted by FBI investigators who asked her to record her
conversations with the three ringleaders.
She did, and she was still able to adopt her intended baby,
now-five-month-old son Ren
A trio of baby-sellers have since pleaded guilty to wire-fraud charges
and Stein now wants to change the law so adopted children have the right
to know the identity of their parents.
Her son has zero knowledge of his biological parents, much less family
Officials said the team created at least 12 white, blonde-haired and
blue-eyed 'designer babies' and sold them for at least $100,000 each.
Socialite: Taylor Stein helped break up a black-market baby selling ring
after she paid $180,000 for her son
Socialite Taylor Stein helped break up a black-market baby selling ring
after she paid $180,000 for her son Ren, seen here
Tricked: The scam, which saw at least 12 babies sold, worked for six
years. Stein was able to keep her son
Heather Albaugh, a Texas surrogate mom recruited by the trio, said the
parents she delivered for are terrified that all the kids are related,
and will come into contact later in life.
She said: It's upsetting, to say the least, because you start to
question, 'Are these babies brothers and sisters?' which is
In the baby-selling scheme, surrogates were taken to Ukraine, where the
population is overwhelmingly white and medical checks are not as
stringent, to be implanted with fertilised eggs from anonymous donors.
Once the surrogate was 12 weeks pregnant a buyer was lined up and the
pregnant moms were taken to California to give birth because it is one
of the few states that allows the name of a non-biological parent to be
put onto the birth certificate easily.
The scam, which targeted wealthy couples, worked for six years.
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