A man who brought his surrogate twin infant daughters to Australia to sexually abuse them and then shared footage of them engaging in sex with pedophile friends online was found guilty in 2016 and jailed for 22 years. The man was found to have spent $44,000 to have the twins conceived overseas, with the clear intention of sexually exploiting them. He began sexually abusing them when they were 27 days old.
The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in a Victorian county court to 37 charges, including 20 counts of incest and two of child trafficking. Evidence presented against him included almost 17,000 images and videos of child abuse, including almost 300 images and videos featuring the twin girls, who were born in Asia using a donor egg from the Ukraine. The man, who was known on various child abuse forums by the name Candy, had told other members about the impending surrogate births and his intention to abuse the girls.
The offenses against the surrogate twins followed four years of the man abusing his nieces, who were drugged so he could film himself engaging in sex acts with them. He began abusing his nieces when they were four and six. He abused his surrogate infant daughters weekly for eight months, before he was arrested.
The twins – who are now in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services – were abused while the man fed, bathed, and changed them.
In sentencing, Judge Susan Cohen said the man’s morally repugnant offenses struck at the core of the joys and privilege of bringing children into the world.
“You deliberately entered into an agreement whereby your own children would be born and brought to Australia [for sexual exploitation],” she said. “As newborns they could not have been more vulnerable or dependent upon you.”
The judge said the man had expressed relief after police raided his house. The man said he was sick and sad, and told police: “I love them so much. I don’t know why I did it.”