Cuba’s slave trade in the time of cholera
The much ballyhooed and vaunted health care system of Cuba's Castro dictatorship has spent more than a year now unsuccessfully trying to take control of a cholera epidemic that is spreading throughout the island. This dire situation is not only an indictment of Castro health care, it also brings to light the lack of the most basic sanitary service on the island. But while the international news of this epidemic may be a black eye on Castro's revolution, the Cuban dictatorship is doing little to deal with it. You see, dispatching doctors to treat the infected and fixing or replacing the crumbling public sanitation system all costs money. Money that the Castro crime family is not willing to withdraw from their Swiss accounts just because a few Cubans are vomiting and diarrhea-ing themselves to death.
The Cuban regime is instead interested in making money. And for them, a cholera epidemic is not reason enough to divert the large slave-labor reserve they have available and can sell to the highest bidder on the open market for cold, hard cash.
PAHO Helps Cuba Violate ILO Norms
Brazil has signed an agreement with the Pan-American Health Organization ("PAHO"), for 4,000 Cuban doctors to be sent by the end of the year.Under the agreement, Brazil's government will pay PAHO a monthly salary of 10,000 Brazilian reals ($4,098) for each Cuban doctor -- totaling over $208 million.
In turn, PAHO will channel the money to Cuba's regime.
Brazil's Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha, said he ignores what percentage of the salary will actually be paid to the Cuban doctors.
Let's help him.
The Castro regime pays its doctors about $25 per month. When serving overseas, they get an additional $50-per-month stipend -- both paid to their dependents while they're abroad. This is to lessen the possibility of defection.
Note that Cuban doctors are forbidden from working outside their state position. Moreover, they have no say in their assignments, salaries, hours or work conditions.
Thus, each Cuban doctor will receive around $75 per month out of the $4,098 per month Brazil will channel to Cuba's government through PAHO.
That' a 98% profit margin for the Castro brothers -- or $203 million (out of $208 million in net profit).
This is clearly in violation of international legal norms, including the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the International Labor Organization's ("ILO") Convention on the Protection of Wages.