20 PEOPLE CHARGED IN LARGEST CRACKDOWN OF US CHINESE BIRTH TOURISM SCHEME

Time reported on 31st January that 20 people have been charged in the largest-ever crackdown on businesses that help Chinese women travel to the US to give birth to babies who automatically are American citizens, authorities said.  Authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women $50,000 for lodging, food and transportation in California.  It is said to be the first time the US has criminally prosecuted birth tourism operators.  It isn’t illegal to visit the US while pregnant but authorities said the businesses touted the benefits of having US citizen babies and had women hide their pregnancies while seeking travel visas and lie about their planned trips.

http://time.com/5517972/chinese-birth-tourism-scheme-charged

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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