Cuba’s Castro dictatorship has a history of human trafficking and modern-day slavery

The forced labor and trafficking of Cuban doctors is not the only case of Cuba’s Castro regime engaging in modern day slavery. The socialist dictatorship has a history of trafficking Cubans as slave labor all over the world.

The Center for a Free Cuba reports:

Does forced labor of Cuban doctors and shipyard workers amount to a contemporary form of slavery?

Ms. Urmila Bhoola, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, along with Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, sent a letter on November 6, 2019 to the Cuban government regarding the regime’s medical missions in which the special rapporteurs indicated that “according to forced labor indicators established by the International Labor Organization. Forced labor constitutes a contemporary form of slavery.”

However this is not the first time that the issue of the Castro regime engaged in the trafficking of Cuban workers was addressed formally as a contemporary form of slavery. Fourteen years ago a civil suit was filed in a U.S. District court in Miami that disclosed “that up to 100 Cuban shipyard workers are forced to work against their will at Curacao Drydock Co., a ship repair company with an agent in Delray Beach, Klattenberg Marine Associates” in conditions that were “practically slave labor” fixing up vessels. The suit was filed by three workers who escaped [ Alberto Justo Rodríguez, Fernando Alonso Hernández and Luis Alberto Casanova Toledo] and revealed that “they were ordered to work 16-hour shifts for $16 a month.” … “According to the suit, the men often worked 112 hours a week. Their wage amounted to 3 ½ cents an hour.” The suit was filed in August 2006 and was first reported by the Associated Press. The Cuban government was using the Cuban workers’ labor to pay back what the regime owed to Curacao Dry Dock Company for the repair of Cuban ships.

Similar to the Cuban doctors, the shipyard workers upon their transfer to Curacao had their passports seized, and were monitored by state security and held against their will.

“The men were forced to labor in sweltering weather and dangerous conditions, like hanging from scaffolds. When Rodríguez broke his foot and ankle in 2002 while scraping rust from the hull of a ship, he was sent home to heal — and then ordered back after his recovery. […] Plaintiff Luis Alberto Casanova once suffered an electric shock but was forced to finish his shift despite bleeding from his tongue. The workers’ supervisors were other Cubans, including a nephew of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the suit alleges. ”They always told us if we didn’t work, they’d throw us out of the country, fire us and send us to jail,” Rodríguez said. “Really, we were slaves. We didn’t have a voice or a vote.”

The Miami Herald continued to follow the story and reported on it in 2008.The trio were awarded US$50 million as compensation and US$30 million as punitive damages in 2008, in a default judgment, and the appeals process has continued over the next 12 years. On  May 27, 2015 the Curacao Chronicle, in the article “Slave labor victims of Curaçao Dry Dock get nod enforce $67million USA claim” reported that “the quest by three modern-day slaves for US$80 million in restitution has come to the Singapore port of call. Three Cuban slave-labor victims were given the High Court’s go-ahead to enforce a US$50 million claim won in a United States court against any assets that the Curaçao dry dock has in Singapore. The High Court rejected the bid by Curaçao Drydock Company to set aside the US judgment, making clear the claims were enforceable in Singapore as they were meant to compensate the victims, not punish the company.”

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1 thought on “Cuba’s Castro dictatorship has a history of human trafficking and modern-day slavery”

  1. NEWS FLASH: Everybody in Cuba is a slave of the Castro regime, I mean the “revolution.”

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