Statement by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, head of United States Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reply

[The] United States is one of the main destinations for trafficking in persons in the world.  Cuba strongly rejects the new inclusion in the list of countries that do not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons and are not making significant efforts to do so.  Cuba demands the end to the use of this issue to attempt to discredit the country and justify the each day more rejected and shameful policy of sanctions against its people.  Cuba is one of the countries in the world that exhibits an exemplary performance in the protection of childhood, the youth and women.

Editor’s Note:  Josefina Vidal was one of 16 Cuban Intelligence Officers thrown out of the US in May 2003.

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