It’s the long US Economic Blockade that harms children, young adults, women and the entire Cuban people.

Statement from Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, head of the Foreign Ministry’s U.S. Department

Granma International

CUBA has been acknowledged worldwide for its exemplary undertakings to protect children, young adults and women. It is not a source, transit or destination country for person trafficking.

However, in another action intended to discredit the country and justify its anti-Cuba policy – universally rejected – the U.S. government has once again arbitrarily and maliciously included our country in the worst of the categories contained in the State Department Trafficking in Persons Report.

What does harm children, young adults, women and the entire Cuban people is the United States blockade.

The government of Cuba energetically rejects this defamation and demands an end to this shameful designation for once and for all.

The United States has no moral standing whatsoever to make a case of Cuba when the American government itself has been obliged to admit that it is a country of origin, transit and destination of men, women and children, nationals and foreigners, subjected to forced labor, slavery, servitude and sexual trafficking.

Havana, June 19, 2013.

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