While it is not unusual for someone to want a “large” family, the fact that 24-year-old Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta has already sired 16 surrogate babies and alleged told the New Life Clinic in Thailand that he “wants to sire hundreds more,” has aroused the suspicions of Interpol’s offices in several countries including Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong and Cambodia, where he (reportedly) travels often and has registered businesses and apartments.
Although she has never met him personally, the clinic’s founder Mariam Kukunashvili (who works from the company’s headquarters in the nation of Georgia) said she alerted the international police agency after getting reports from the Bangkok office, which had provided Shigeta with two of his surrogates last year. Although she claims that her faxes to Interpol’s head office in Lyon, France were unanswered, Thai police began investigating his motives after learning that Shigeta made 41 trips to Thailand over the past 4 years, as well as traveling to Cambodia where he “bought 4 of his babies.” They also raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and “found nine babies and nine nannies living in a few unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, play pens and diapers,” according to Gen. Kokiat Wongvorachart, Thailand's lead investigator in the case, who added that Shigeta paid for the services of 11 Thai surrogate mothers to bear his children, including four sets of twins.
I've never seen a case like this," added Maj. Gen. Apichart Suribunya. Thailand's Interpol director "We are trying to understand what kind of person makes this many babies."
Among the possible motives being looked into are human trafficking and the exploitation of children," despite the fact that Shigeta (who has since been dubbed the "Baby Factory) supposedly told the manager of the Thai clinic that "he wanted to win elections and could use his big family for voting," and that "the best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children."
In the meantime, Shigeta has not been charged with any crime, and his (former lawyer) . Ratpratan Tulatorn told the Associated Press (via e-mail) that Shigeta’s actions involved "no dishonesty, no illegal activities,.and that " he is trying to get his children back after proving that he is their biological father with DNA samples sent from Japan. At present, the 12 in Thailand are being cared for by Social Services.