Human trafficking and the slave trade is alive and well in Cuba and North Korea

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

North Koreans and Cubans work overseas in slave-like conditions for their respective regimes

A Tale of Two Communist Regimes and Media Coverage
General Raul Castro embraces North Korean ally General Kyok Sik Kim

Many in the media, the Obama Administration, and some members of Congress are trying to sell the idea that the regime in Cuba is normal, but the facts in evidence demonstrate otherwise. If there is one country that Cuba shares a number of traits in common with, it is North Korea. That the Castro regime was caught in 2013 smuggling 240 metric tons of weapons to North Korea in violation of international sanctions should not be a surprise considering the outlaw nature of both regimes.

However, the media coverage on Cuba and North Korea could not be farther apart. For example, Time Magazine on October 29, 2015 reported that “North Korea has sent tens of thousands of its people to countries around the world to work in conditions that amount to modern slavery, according to a U.N. researcher who monitors human rights in the totalitarian state.” The number in its headline was that 50,000 North Koreans work overseas in “slave-like conditions.” Both Cuba and North Korea make outrageous health care claims but again media reaction is dramatically different.

Meanwhile, the Castro regime in Cuba does the same thing and the media reporting is quite different. According to sources friendly to the Castro regime place the number of Cuban doctors sent by the regime on an “international mission”at 31,000. Other Cubans, also working in “slave-like conditions” have been sent abroad to work and provide hard currency for the Castro regime. Cuban doctors in Cuba make approximately $25 dollars a month in salary. In 2008 The Miami Herald reported that “more than 31,000 Cuban health workers — most of them doctors — who toil in 71 countries brought in $2.3 billion last year, …, more than any other industry, including tourism. Most of them are paid $150 to $375 a month, a small percentage of the cash or trade benefits the Cuban government pockets in exchange for their work.” North Koreans working abroad are making between $120 and $150.

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