Cambodian mother

A Stark Choice for Cambodia’s Surrogates

Babies born through surrogacy in Cambodia are in limbo after their birth mothers were accused of human trafficking. Who will take responsibility for them now?

Listen to The Documentary Podcast from the BBC World Service.

In a Cambodian hospital, a group of terrified new mothers nurse tiny babies under the watch of police guards. They’re surrogates, desperately poor women promised $10,000 to bear children for parents in China. But they were arrested under new anti-trafficking rules, and now they face an agonising choice: either they agree to keep children they didn’t want and can’t easily afford to bring up, children who aren’t genetically theirs, or they honour their surrogacy contracts and face up to 20 years in jail. Tim Whewell reports on the suffering as country after country in Asia cracks down on commercial surrogacy and asks whether Cambodia’s detained mothers are criminals or victims.

(Image: Former Cambodian surrogate Va-Tei: “I feel really sad that I had to give the baby away.” Credit: BBC)

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Support CCC on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is the day to do good stuff for charity. This year it falls on Tuesday 27 November.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday arrived in the UK in 2014. Since then, the day has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

Giving Tuesday now runs in over 70 countries around the world including the US, Canada, Russia, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia and Brazil.

Why not give Black Friday and Cyber Monday a rest and spare a thought for the people of Cambodia?

There are many ways you can give to CCC. Head to our Giving page to find out more.

One day to make a world of difference

Preparing for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child logoCCC Mission Co-ordinator Huot Chanthoeun has just spent three days at a workshop preparing for Operation Christmas Child’s 2018 shoebox distribution.

Since 1990, more than 157 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Each year, thousands of Cambodian children receive shoeboxes packed with gifts lovingly chosen and packed by donors from across the world. Along with their shoebox, the children are given an illustrated booklet to help them understand the real meaning of Christmas.

Chanthoeun and the other delegates at the workshop planned the logistics of gathering groups of children and distributing shoeboxes across Cambodia this Christmas.

Find out how you could bring joy to a needy child this year by visiting the Operation Christmas Child web site.

Delegates at the forum

Faith Groups Join Forces to Combat Human Trafficking

The second Cambodia National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking took place on 30 August 2018.

The event brought together government officials, leaders of different faith groups and non-governmental organisations working against trafficking. The forum was presided over by Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the National Committee for Countering Trafficking.

The main purposes of the forum were threefold:

  • to raise awareness and knowledge of trafficking-related issues;
  • to promote broader engagement and participation of different faith groups, the general public and stakeholders to combat trafficking;
  • to advocate the government to observe the day as the “national interfaith prayer day against trafficking”.

CCC was represented at the event by Mission Co-ordinator Ms Huot Chanthoeun.