HAVANA – The Cuban government rejected Tuesday as “false and disrespectful” the U.S. State Department report on human trafficking and denied any trafficking of minors, as stated in the document.
The 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, presented Monday in Washington, listed Cuba among countries that fail to meet minimum international standards in battling human trafficking, and said that sexual exploitation of minors is common on the communist-ruled island.
“This shameful slander deeply offends the Cuban people. Sexual trafficking of minors does not exist in Cuba, but rather there is an exemplary record of protecting children, young people and women,” according to Josefina Vidal, head of the North America desk in the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
In a statement sent to the media, Vidal said that Cuba does not figure, “either as a country of origin, or of transit, or as a final destination for this scourge.”
She said that the legislation and measures adopted against that crime place Cuba among the countries of the region with the “most progressive” regulations and mechanisms to prevent and combat human trafficking.
The State Department report, she said, “can only be explained by the desperate need the U.S. government has to justify, under any pretext whatsoever, the persistence of its cruel policy of (economic) embargo, rejected overwhelmingly by the international community.” EFE