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    Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not?

    Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not? / Victor Ariel Gonzalez, CID
    Posted on November 17, 2013

    “Cuba is not the place of origin, transit or destination of human
    trafficking”. This was declared by Isabel Moya Richard, the director of
    ’Editorial de la Mujer’ (A Cuban Women’s Federation publisher) on
    November 1. However, later in the article it is stated that in 2012
    fourteen people were convicted of trafficking. So, the phenomenon does

    The aforementioned director recognises that it is important to prevent
    these practices through an orientation towards healthy sexuality,
    implementing “sexual education in all levels of education”.

    She adds that “another key matter is the work of the Ministry of Tourism
    to avoid campaigns that could associate Cuba with ’sexual tourism’”. The
    matter “is not easy” given the advertising image of a paradisaical beach
    (main natural resource for Cuban tourism) upon which usually walks a
    woman whose figure indirectly offers to the visitor the possibility of
    finding sexual pleasure. This aesthetic concept implies a distortion of
    the female image and its association with a product that sells.
    Paradoxically, this phenomenon, equally common in western market
    economies, has been criticised by the Cuban government, that for reasons
    of “avoiding turning women into merchandise” has gone so far as to
    prohibit the possession of pornography.

    In various civil independent society publications, foreign as well as
    Cuban, accounts appear that bear witness to the sexual exploitation of
    Cuban adolescent victims. They speak of families that agree to “offer”
    their daughters to a foreigner who promises to take them with him to
    give them a better life and in this way the girl is able to help those
    who she leaves behind.

    Prostitution is a hidden subject in Cuba. The critical economic
    situation has contributed to the growth of this phenomenon in recent
    years to never before seen levels.

    In respect to human trafficking we can also include those who are
    victims of irregular migratory trafficking. Although it is not
    necessarily related to prostitution, conditions in Cuba also give rise
    to a high number of illegal immigrants, those who pay exorbitant prices
    to arrive to the U.S.A. by sea or via third countries such as Mexico.
    The price of a “ticket” is above 8,000 CUC.

    By Victor Ariel González

    16 November 2013

    Translated by Peter W Davies

    Source: “Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not? / Victor Ariel
    Gonzalez, CID | Translating Cuba” –

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