Outsourcing labor to India includes labor, reports the Los Angeles Times. Surrogacy — “wombs for rent” — is a growing business.
ANAND, India — As temp jobs go, Saroj Mehli has landed what she feels is a pretty sweet deal. It’s a nine-month gig, no special skills needed, and the only real labor comes at the end — when she gives birth.
If everything goes according to plan, Mehli, 32, will deliver a healthy baby early next year. But rather than join her other three children, the newborn will be handed over to an American couple who are unable to bear a child on their own and are hiring Mehli to do it for them.
The $5,000 she’ll earn as a surrogate is six times her salary as a village schoolteacher, but will save the adopting couple thousands of dollars. In addition, the laws in India don’t let a surrogate mother change her mind and demand custody.