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Paying the Price for Parenthood

An Hui and Ye Jianbin’s family of five are used to attracting stares from strangers on the streets of Shenzhen, the southern Chinese metropolis they call home.

Most people in the country have never met a family in which both parents are men — let alone one in which the children are triplets with light hair and European features.

Yet, in one way, An and Ye’s family is an example of an increasingly common phenomenon — surrogacy, which many wealthy Chinese who are unable to conceive now pay for, despite the practice being illegal on the Chinese mainland.

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