More than 2,000 babies in India were born to surrogate mothers for foreigners last year with the country's surrogacy industry believed to be worth more than 1.5 billion pounds, according to a new report published in The Sunday Telegraph.
The report said that majority of the foreigners opt for surrogate mothers in India come from Britain and pay as much as 25,000 pounds for a procedure. Women are also paid up to 6,000 pounds to either donate their eggs or to carry babies, a step which is illegal in Britain.
"Britain may account for as many as 1,000 births last year in India. In contrast there were 100 surrogate births recorded in Britain last year", the report said, adding that many of those who choose this option are bankers, senior civil servants, MNC execs or NHS doctors.