U.S. Labels Cuban Medical Missions 'Forced Labor' In Human-Trafficking Report

Jun 25, 2020

In a harshly worded report published Thursday, the United States described the international medical missions managed by the Cuban government as an example of “forced labor,” and kept Cuba on the blacklist of countries that do not do enough to fight human trafficking.

The official declaration comes after an intense campaign by the U.S. government, activists and international organizations to denounce alleged abuses in these medical brigades.

In 2019, “there was a government policy or government pattern to profit from labor export programs with strong indications of forced labor,” says the State Department in its annual Trafficking in Persons report.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.