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    Cuba objects to being placed on US trafficking list

    Cuba objects to being placed on US trafficking list

    Havana (AFP) – Cuba objected Wednesday to being placed on the US human
    trafficking list, saying it distorted the overseas work of its doctors
    and its requirement that students work as part of their education.

    The US State Department on Monday removed Cuba from its bottom rank of
    countries with the poorest records on human trafficking, noting
    improvements in Havana’s handling of sex trafficking. But it placed it
    on a second-tier watchlist instead.

    “Cuba should not be on any unilateral list nor be the object of
    surveillance of any kind,” the Cuban foreign ministry said in a statement.

    It added that Cuba was committed to a policy of “zero tolerance” of
    prostitution or the commercialization of sex.

    While acknowledging that the State Department had noted Cuba’s efforts
    to combat sexual trafficking, the foreign ministry hit out at US
    criticism of its record on forced labor.

    “It continues to present tendentious and manipulated elements on the
    selfless work, amply recognized internationally, of our medical
    collaborators in third countries,” it said.

    Thousands of Cuban doctors and health workers are stationed in countries
    in Latin America and Africa under government to government contracts
    that have become an important source of hard currency as well as
    diplomatic good will.

    But there have been complaints that the Cuban doctors are paid far less
    than their local counterparts, or than what Havana receives for their

    The foreign ministry also said the State Department “distorts the Cuban
    educational system, which applies the teachings of (independence hero
    Jose) Marti in linking study with work, in qualifying as supposed forced
    labor these tasks these Cuban students carry out.”

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