Tuesday, July 28, 2015

US gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

US gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

Washington (AFP) - The United States recognized Cuba's efforts to combat
forced sexual servitude, giving it better marks Monday on its annual
report on human trafficking.

Cuba, which restored full diplomatic relations with Washington last
week, was removed from the US blacklist because of improvements in
Havana's response to and investigations of sex trafficking, said Sarah
Sewall, under secretary of state for human rights.

The 2015 Trafficking in Persons report raises Cuba to its Tier 2 Watch
List, along with about 40 other countries, citing its "sustained law
enforcement efforts" in prosecuting and convicting sex traffickers.

The State Department had ranked the communist-ruled island in its Tier 3
category for the worst offenders since 2003.

Sewall said that the upgrade did not mean Cuba was free of human
trafficking, however, adding that Washington remains concerned that
Havana does not regard forced labor as a problem.

She said the issue would be discussed in upcoming human rights talks
between the United States and Cuba.

The State Department had previously removed Cuba from its list of state
sponsors of terrorism, clearing the way for last week's reopening of
embassies in each other's capitals.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel to Havana next
month to formally raise the US flag over the American embassy there,
after a rupture that lasted more than a half-century

Source: US gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report - Yahoo
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