Obama’s politicization of the Human Trafficking report shut the door on Cuban victims

John Suarez reports in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Obama White House, and politicizing human trafficking reports

Setting the record straight

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The Obama White House politicized the Trafficking in Persons Report of the State Department, undermining the credibility of the report, and months later on January 12, 2017 shut the door on Cuban refugees and migrants in third countries, victims of trafficking, for the Administration’s political agenda.

This was part of an overall pattern, that began years earlier, of paying lip service to human rights but in practice marginalizing them to advance other interests.

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President Obama closed the door on Cuban trafficking victims to appease Raul Castro

On July 27, 2015 reports appeared  that the U.S. State Department upgraded Cuba’s status after 12 years from tier 3 to tier 2 in its Trafficking in Persons Report. Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) expressed concern:

“We are very surprised by this year’s report, which seems to be making blatantly political decisions that we consider will have a really detrimental impact on both the integrity of the report and progress in the global fight to end modern slavery.”

Kimberly A. McCabe in her book “The Trafficking of Persons: National and International Responses” wrote the following on Cuba and human trafficking:

“Cuba is a source country for women and children trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced child labor and has been identified as a destination for sex tourism. Cuban adults and children are also trafficked for forced labor in commercial agriculture, such as tobacco farming. There are also reported cases of Cubans being trafficked to the United States for debt bondage. Cuba’s thriving sex trade caters to thousands of tourists every year from Europe, Latin America, and North America and involves not only the young boys and girls who are victims of abuse but also the state-run hotel workers, cab drivers, and police officers who may identify the commercial sex areas for those interested in participating in sexual exploitation. There appears to be little in terms of governmental help or nongovernmental organization initiatives to end human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, in Cuba. Again because of the closed nature of the government, the prevalence of human trafficking is unknown.”

According to Reuters on August 4, 2015, in the Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report by Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick, it is even worse than initially imagined…

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1 thought on “Obama’s politicization of the Human Trafficking report shut the door on Cuban victims”

  1. Obama had his face so lit up with impish glee… What a shameless and fraudulent piece of communist crap.

    Thankfully, there are still enough people in USA with a sense reason and self-respect. In just a year the glorified ghetto agitator’s entire legacy is right where it belongs, the trash. The narcissist bluff got served more humble pie than he can eat. As for Raul, that scumbag will die in power for he is afraid his pestilent regime will die before him.

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