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Cuban doctors abused in Venezuela, says US report
Published on June 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

WASHINGTON, USA -- The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, recently published by the US State Department, claims that the 30,000 Cuban doctors working in Venezuela do this in circumstances that in some cases may even be considered forced labour.

The medical professionals are reportedly forced to work long hours for a low salary. If they don’t comply, they or their families in Cuba are threatened. Venezuela compensates Cuba for these medical services by means of oil shipments.

In some cases these doctors have fled the South American country and established themselves in the United States.

The report also states that Venezuelan women are forced to work as prostitutes or exotic dancers in neighbouring Caribbean islands, including the former Netherlands Antilles islands and Trinidad and Tobago.

In the report, the State Department indicates that the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (the ABC islands) import women from Venezuela, illegally transported by criminals using small barges to cross the waters between the Venezuelan coast and the ABC islands.

This is the third time the US Department of State has reported on this serious problem.

Secretary of State John Kerry used the report to criticize the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolas Maduro. Kerry said that Maduro is not doing anything to put a stop to these abuses.
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