Slavery is Alive and Well in Cuba

From The Real Cuba, excellent commentary on the 3 Cuban exiles that escaped from a forced labor camp at the Curacao Drydock Company Inc and are suing the Cuba government in US courts:

For those who didn’t watch “A mano limpia last night”:

Adalberto Rodriguez, Fernando Alonso and Luis Casanova, the three Cubans who were able to escape from a forced labor camp at the Curacao Drydock Company Inc. and are now suing that company in US courts for conspiring with the Castro regime to exploit them and hundreds of other Cuban workers, were guests last night of “A mano limpia” with Dominican journalist Oscar Haza, on Channel 41 America Te Ve.

I posted the link to watch the program on the Internet last night. For those who missed it, here is a summary of what they said:

The reason why approximately 100 Cubans are working at the Curacao Drydock Company Inc. is that some time ago the company did some work for ships of Cuba’s merchant marine and the Castro regime never paid the bill. When Curacao Drydock demanded payment, Castro offered to send Cuban slaves to work there instead. The Cubans work an average of 16 hours per day; have to do the work that the other workers don’t want to do; sleep on hammocks at the same shipyard where they work; sometimes they have to work for 30 days without a day off; and on top of that, after ending their 16 hour shifts, they are forced to watch videos with speeches of the Cuban dictator.

The Cuban workers told Haza how they had to hide in Curacao for up to three months where they were helped by a Haitian coworker and several Cuban exiles who live there. When they went from Curacao to Venezuela, the National Guard stopped them and when they realized that they were Cubans trying to flee the Castro regime they asked for all their money they had in order to allow them to proceed to Colombia. They were set free after paying the bribe.

From Colombia they were finally able to reach the US.

One of the workers related how he was ordered by his Curacao Drydock supervisor to enter a gas tank that had not been completely cleared of all the fumes. When he complained that it was unsafe and inhuman to force him to work there, the supervisor, who works for Curacao Drydock, told him: “Remember that Cubans are supposed to follow orders, otherwise we kick their asses and send them back to Cuba.”

The three Cubans also said that there workers from Colombia and other countries who were actually working as “helpers” for them, but were making 60 times as much money as they were because they were being paid directly, while in the case of the Cubans the Castro regime paid them an average of three and a half cents per hour, based on the number of hours that they had to work. Also, most Cubans had to work at night and also on weekends, when the pay is supposed to be higher.

They said that on December 31 of last year, the only workers who had to work that night were Cubans. They told Haza that once the Cuban debt to the Drydock Company is repaid, the Castro regime plans to continue to send slave workers to Curacao and have it as a new source of hard currency.

Another thing that they said is that many of the ships that are being repaired are American ships, including many of the cruise liners that sail from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. This could be considered a violation of the embargo.

All three have their whole family in Cuba.

5 thoughts on “Slavery is Alive and Well in Cuba”

  1. Val,

    You forgot to mention that when Adalberto Rodriguez was injured on the job it took 9 hours before they took him to a hospital. He lay on the ground with a broken leg and ankle without medical assistance. Afterwards, because he could no longer work, he was sent back to Cuba to heal. When he arrived in Cuba, there was no FREE health care for him. In fact, if it weren’t for one of his neighbors that took him to a doctor he would have lost his leg.

  2. madtom,

    Now why would you post a link to something a racist prick like Tancredo had to say? And how is it relevant to the story at hand?

    If you want to be taken seriously I can assure you, this is not teh way to go about it.

  3. MadTom:

    Rept. Tancredo appears to be neo-knownothing and in my view is personally responsible for the loss of perhaps 10% or more of Mexican American Republican votes. Thus again in my view he is as responsible as any one person for the Republican reverse in the last elections.

    Luckily the Democratic Party also has their own idiots and in the end it is my sincere hope that this will all balance out. However, the rash of high level assassinations in Lebanon, London and elsewhere helps point out that the results of this election is taken as a sign of US appeasement.

    Appeasement rarely works, and this present world wide struggle against the united extreme left and radical muslim forces is, seemingly, unavoidable……

    Unfortunately in this light Tancredo, although surely unintentionally, becomes a de facto ally of the extreme left and the radical muslims…

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