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    The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’

    The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’

    14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 11 April 2017 – The treatment of blacks
    and the market in slaves brought from Africa developed by the European
    colonists has clearly been established as a crime against humanity
    before all contemporary civilized beings without the slightest doubt. It
    was a practice that “sold” human beings as if they were merchandise to
    serve as mere instruments of production, especially in the sugar, coffee
    and cotton plantations of the New World.

    In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries human trafficking acquired
    other connotations that made the United Nations address the issue as an
    international crime because it has continued — albeit in ways different
    from that slavery, but essentially with the same connotation — to
    subject people to the exploitation of prostitution or other forms of
    sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery and practices similar to
    slavery, servitude and the removal of organs. The victims have been
    mainly women and children.

    Right now, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, United Nations Special Rapporteur
    on human trafficking is visiting Cuba. In order for the distinguished
    visitor to know an issue that she should investigate in Cuba, I present
    the case of the “white coats,” which in one way or another many in Cuba
    have denounced for years.

    In this regard, it is necessary to refer to the UN definition of human

    The UN Protocol Against Human Trafficking refers to it as “the
    recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons,
    by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of
    abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a
    position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or
    benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another
    person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

    After reading this definition, does anyone have any doubts that the
    operations of the Cuban Government in sending Cuban doctors and
    paramedics to different countries of the world to “fulfill
    internationalist missions” constitutes real trafficking in persons for
    the purpose of exploitation?

    The Cuban Government captures, transports, and transfers Cuban doctors
    and paramedics using the abuse of power it has over its citizens and
    especially the situation of economic vulnerability of those workers.

    They are given certain small benefits, in a situation where the low
    level of wages established by the Government itself for its employees,
    allows it to obtain the consent of these employees to be exploited. At
    the same time, it appropriates between 70% and 90% of the wages paid by
    the governments of other countries, or by health institutions of the
    World Health Organization (WHO) itself, for the services of these

    Medicine is one of the fields of those in which the Cuban state forbids
    self-employment, which is another factor in the pressure to force
    professionals to “accept” internationalist missions. If self-employment
    were allowed their incomes would increase and they would not have to be
    forced to “serve on a mission.”

    In addition, these professionals are prevented from taking their
    families with them, but rather are forced to leave their children and
    spouses as hostages that force them to return to the country, for which
    they are also victims of extra-economic coercion. The deception has also
    been used to obtain the recruitment of Cuban doctors for these purposes,
    since they have been offered perks that were never satisfied, such as
    the chance to buy a car.

    To give an idea of ??the magnitude of this program of the Cuban
    government, according to its own Minister of Public Health, Roberto
    Morales, Cuba has about 50,000 professionals working in more than 66
    countries. According to Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist
    Party, the government receives about eight billion dollars a year for
    this slave labor. It is the largest sum of foreign currency entering the
    country, only comparable to that which comes from Cuban-Americans
    abroad, who send remittances to their families on the island, along with
    food, medicines, clothes and appliances, along with travel expenses for
    themselves and their families.

    These elements are sufficient to accuse the Cuban Government of
    operating a huge international system of trafficking in white coats on
    several continents that includes flagrant and massive violations of the
    human rights of these citizens: the reality of the Cuban economy forces
    them to serve as slaves to the Cuban state, and be subjected to the
    situation of leaving their relatives behind as hostages.

    The most recent example that proves this is a major government business
    is the recent decision to prevent physicians from leaving the country
    freely like the rest of the citizens, unless they do so through such
    “internationalist missions.”

    If United Nations rapporteur wishes to have complete information on this
    matter, in addition to hearing what the Cuban Government has to say
    about this, she should meet with some of the hundreds of doctors who
    have decided to abandon their missions and reside in the US or other

    Cuban human rights organizations, opposition groups and dissidents will
    surely try to ensure that this issue is duly investigated by the
    honorable Special Rapporteur of the UN for trafficking in persons, on
    the occasion of her trip to Cuba.

    Source: The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’ – Translating Cuba –

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