Jul 282006

The latest twist in outsourcing to India? It’s not another IT job category, but it does involve a pretty specific skill set. You might say it’s a whole ‘nother line of specialized production altogether. Give up? It’s surrogacy, as in babies. According to the Los Angles Times, surrogate mothers in India are a bargain for foreigners, and a boon for the Indian women and their families. One woman in the story was paid $5,000, a fraction of the potential cost of surrogacy in the United States, but the equivalent of six years’ salary for her. The LA Times quotes the Indian Council of Medical Research, which estimates that this form of outsourced development projects could grow into a nearly $6 billion-a-year industry.

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