Last updated at 8:04 PM on 23rd December 2011
A wealthy Chinese couple have been evicted from their home, after the country’s strict one-child-family enforcers discovered they had eight babies.
The unnamed couple, from the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, had four boys and four girls over a two-month period last year – with the help of two surrogate mothers – but kept the children a secret.
They were exposed when envious staff at a photography studio alerted the media, sparking public outrage.
The couple face a huge fine for breaching the strict one-child policy as well as losing their home, a family planning official said.
They spent £100,200 on IVF after learning they could not have children naturally – and employed two surrogate mothers as a fall-back.
But the mother successfully had triplets herself, then the two surrogates had five more between them, state media reported.
The couple claimed they did not intend to have so many children. But the case has made a mockery of China’s controversial one-child policy, and the provincial government has launched an investigation.
The area’s deputy health chief said: ‘Why did they have to hire so many people to have babies for them? Did they think they had the right to bear children just because they were rich? Secondly, what respect to life did they show? Multiple pregnancies are super risky.’