Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cuba rejects US accusation over human trafficking

Cuba rejects US accusation over human trafficking
( | Updated June 22, 2014 - 2:01pm

HAVANA (Xinhua) - Cuba on Saturday dismissed a US report which put the
island nation on a black list of "human trafficking countries."

"The Cuban government rejects categorically as unfounded this unilateral
move offending our people," Josefina Vidal, director-general of the US
Department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.

"Cuba has not requested the US assessment, nor needed recommendations
from the United States, a country with the gravest problem on
trafficking children and women in the world," the statement said.

About 200,000 Americans are believed to have been trafficked within the
United States, according to the statement.

The US State Department released its annual report on Friday with a list
of 189 countries ranked by the level of compliance with the Law on
Protection of Victims of Trafficking.

Cuba was blacklisted among 23 countries for failing to meet the
standards against human trafficking. Cuba's official Granma newspaper
described the US report as "manipulative" and "politically motivated."

Source: Cuba rejects US accusation over human trafficking | World, News,
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