Meuang Nong Khai, Thailand – A thai man was arrested at a customs checkpoint in Nong Khai for allegedly attempting to smuggle six tubes of semen in a nitrogen freezing tank.
Nithinon Srithaniyanan, 25, was arrested at the Thai-Laotian Friendship Bridge checkpoint in Nong Khai’s Muang district at 9am.
“During investigation, Nithinon said he was hired to carry semen to a clinic in Vientiane,” Nimit Saeng-ampai, chief customs officer at the Nong Khai checkpoint, told Reuters.
“He said it came from four clinics in Bangkok and he has done it 12 times before.”
Nithinon admitted that he had carried frozen semen tubes to a clinic in Laos 12 times and to a hospital and a clinic in Cambodia 13 times since last year. Each time he was paid $145.00.
Nimit said customs officials had put Nithinon under surveillance after he was spotted carrying a large bag while crossing the border at the Aranyaprathet checkpoint to Cambodia and the Nong Khai checkpoint to Laos.
The tank and vials have been sent for inspection to a hospital in Thailand’s northeastern city of Khon Kaen, a Nong Khai public health officer said.
If the vials’ contents are confirmed to be semen, Nithinon could face up to three years in prison for violating Thailand’s surrogacy law. Test results are expected on Monday.