Phnom Penh (FN), July 6 - Investigating Judge Kor Vandy, on Thursday, ordered to temporarily detain 33 Cambodian surrogate mothers at Prey Sar Prison, not too far from the Killing Fields, and on Friday send them to Hospital 168 in Phnom Penh for medical checkups, according to prison official on Friday.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged them of "cross border human trafficking and contraception with the surrogate" under Law on Crackdown on Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection and Article 332 of the Penal Code.

On 29 June 2018, Investigating Judge Kor Vandy also ordered to detain four Cambodian suspects and one Chinese Liu Qiang, 49 with the above charge.

The surrogate mothers each was paid $10,000.

Surrogacy is an agreement whereby a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person who will become the newborn child's parent after birth.