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UNCOVERING THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF UKRAINE’S THRIVING SURROGACY INDUSTRY

With international surrogacy now banned in Thailand and India, a thriving industry has sprung up in Ukraine, attracting heterosexual couples from around the world, including Australia. But how much do would-be parents really know about the business which delivers their baby? Motherland goes behind the slick surrogacy websites and glossy brochures to expose the industry’s dark underbelly.

Over the course of a 6-month investigation, reporters meet those caught up in Ukraine’s baby business and uncovers an industry with few rules and fewer scruples. From a new parent, who turned to surrogacy after illness left her infertile, to a birth mother, who signed up as a surrogate to feed her family after the war with Russia left her homeless, to an abandoned child, rejected by adoptive parents and now a stateless orphan, Motherland tells both a gripping and gut-wrenching tale.

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation