U.S. State Dept. classifies Cuba’s dictatorship as Tier 3 in human trafficking

The socialist Castro dictatorship’s modern-day slave trade using the forced labor of Cuban medical professionals has earned the regime a Tier 3 classification in human trafficking by the U.S. State Department.

From the U.S. State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons report:

The Government of Cuba does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore Cuba remained on Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, including some examples of investigating, prosecuting, and convicting sex traffickers and sex tourists, and identifying and providing assistance to victims. However, during the reporting period there was a government policy or government pattern to profit from labor export programs with strong indications of forced labor, particularly its foreign medical missions program. The government refused to improve the transparency of the program or address labor and trafficking concerns despite persistent allegations from observers, former participants, and foreign governments of Cuban officials’ involvement in abuses. The government failed to inform participants of the terms of their contracts, which varied from country to country, confiscated their documents and salaries, and threatened participants and their family members if participants left the program.


International observers and former participants reported government officials force or coerce individuals to participate and remain in the Cuban government’s labor export programs, particularly the foreign medical missions program, managed by the Unidad Central de Cooperación Médica and Ministry of Health. The government has not taken action to address its exploitative and coercive policies in these missions, which are clear indicators of human trafficking. According to statements from government officials, the government employed between 34,000-50,000 healthcare professionals in more than 60 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe in foreign medical missions through contracts with foreign governments and, in some countries, with international organizations serving as intermediaries or providing funds for their work. According to the government, 75 percent of their exported workforce are medical professionals. Experts estimated the Cuban government collected $6 billion to $8 billion annually from its export of services, namely foreign medical missions program. The government has stated the postings are voluntary, and some participants also have stated the postings are voluntary and better-paid compared to low paying jobs within Cuba, where basic wages for a doctor are $55 a month. However, observers report the government does not inform participants of the terms of their contracts or allow them to retain a copy of said contract, heightening their risk of forced labor. Workers receive only a portion of their salary ranging from five to 25 percent, and these funds are retained in Cuban bank accounts which are relinquished if the participant leaves the program. The Cuban government acknowledges that it withholds passports of overseas medical personnel in Venezuela; the government provided identification cards to such personnel. Many Cuban medical personnel claim they work long hours without rest and face substandard and dangerous working and living conditions in some countries, including a lack of hygienic conditions and privacy, and are forced to falsify medical records.

Read the entire report HERE.

1 thought on “U.S. State Dept. classifies Cuba’s dictatorship as Tier 3 in human trafficking”

  1. Apparently you don’t get it. Neither human trafficking nor anything else is ever wrong if practiced by the left, who can always justify it as a means to an end, even if the purported end is a lie.

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