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pregnancy-644071_640Yu Min Zhao, a 33-year-old teacher from Saipan, filed suit against the USA this week after Customs and Border Protection agents accused her of ‘birth tourism’ – the practice of giving birth to a child on US soil to pave the way for the mother to immigrate.

Yu was set to go on a week-long vacation with her husband to the Northern Mariana Islands – a US territory that’s only a 4-hour flight from China – when she was detained at the airport by officials claiming a dress Yu packed to wear at the beach was a maternity dress.

In the complaint she filed, Yu says after she was denied entry she was “handcuffed and placed in detention room equipped only with a metal bench for approximately twenty-two (22) hours where she was denied access to communication with anyone, including her husband.”

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