Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) commented on the State Department's 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report, which once again designates Cuba as the lowest ranking (Tier 3), which is defined as a country that does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The State Department's 2011 Trafficking in Persons report once again classifies Cuba as one of the worst nations in the area of human and sex trafficking. This designation as a Tier 3 country under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act should trigger the administration's reversal of its support for educational and cultural exchanges with Cuba.
"Any Cuba watcher knows that the Havana regime has no intention of eliminating trafficking in or from Cuba. In fact, it relies on this immoral practice to sustain its tyrannical ways. Child prostitution is a common profit-making scheme by the regime and Cuban doctors are used as mere pawns by the dictatorship to repay its debts to other countries.
"Having recognized Cuba's deplorable record on human trafficking, it is reprehensible that the administration would continue to make it a priority to advance educational and cultural exchanges with Cuba. In light of the State Department's own designation, I call on the Administration to reverse its position."