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Congressman Rivera Calls on Obama Administration to Reinstate Cuba Travel & Remittance Restrictions Amid Human Trafficking Report

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Location: Miami, FL

The State Department released its 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report this week.

The report tracks the state of human trafficking in 184 countries, including the United States, during the preceding year, and places each country into a tier based on its record of compliance with the Trafficking Victims Compliance Act (TVPA).

Major forms of human trafficking include forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor and child sex trafficking.

Cuba was ranked as a Tier 3--a country whose government does not fully comply with the minimum standards of the TVPA and is not making efforts to do so.

"The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report is just another example of the lack of change coming from Cuba in regards to human rights. The State Department itself has found that Cuba has made no known effort to prevent human trafficking on the island or to protect trafficking victims," Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) said.

Congressman Rivera, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, called for the Obama Administration to reinstate the travel and remittance restrictions it lifted earlier this year.

"As the Castro regime continues its appalling record on human rights, the Obama Administration is making unilateral concessions to the dictatorship that do nothing to solve the fundamental problems on the island, which include the exploitation of women and children and the oppression of the Cuban people. The human trafficking data shows that there are no improvements from Fidel and Raul Castro in regards to human rights, and yet the United States is rewarding them.

"In its 52 years, the Castro regime has not responded positively to unilateral concessions made by the United States. Based on its history, and in light of the State Department's report, it is time for the Obama Administration to stop rewarding the dictatorship, and reinstate the travel and remittance restrictions it lifted earlier this year."

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