The latest example of their sick manoeuvres is the inclusion of Cuba among
the worst countries in terms of human trafficking in a US State Department
report on this topic.

Then, the Cuban answer was immediate. The head of the North America
Department at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs Josefina Vidal described as “false and disrespectful” the Us allegations on human trafficking and the unbelievable inclusion of Cuban among the worst.

A paradox: just five days previous to the release of the report, UNICEF
representative Juan José Ortiz made this statement in Havana:

“On the planet, millions of children lack schools and vaccination against
preventable diseases, besides being the object of labour and sexual
exploitation in the international prostitution networks and none of them
is Cuban”

During the last years Cuba achieved positive results in major indicators
regarding children protection, which makes it the country with the highest
standards on children’s quality life.

“Tell me what you boast of, and I’ll tell you your weaknesses” is a
Spanish aphorism that suits the US just fine in this case.

In this world we are living in, the nation that can show off of having all
kinds of trafficking, human, narcotics, and other scourges like mob,
murders, wars, and so on, is the one to evaluate other countries, that,
according to its Secretary of State hillary Clinton, was the key for this

To Cubans these allegations are just slander: there is no other way to
describe this new category the US is trying to dump on Cuba, by the way,
it is the first time. So much for a new idea.

“These shameful slanders deeply offend the Cuban people. There is no sex
trafficking of children in Cuba. Our country has an exemplary record in
the protection of children, youths and women,” the statement notes.

“Cuban legislation and measures adopted in this regard place Cuba among
the leading countries of the region with the most advanced norms and
mechanisms to prevent and fight human trafficking,” said Vidal

On just a glance it is obvious that the Obama administration authorities
neither have been in Cuba nor they read the UNICEF reports.

Going back to Ortiz words: “regarding quality and quantitative spheres you
can say that the Convention on Children Rights is very well applied in
Cuba, an example nowadays for Latin America”

According to Ortiz: “on that there is the influence of the work of UNICEF
along the Cuban government” and stressed that Cuba “is the best of the
region’s countries, therefore is a children paradise in Latin America”

Everything is perfectible. Nothing is just black or white. There are
shades. As one poet once put it; “I don’t live in a perfect society…” but
to say that there is children trafficking or children prostitution is the
most disgusting way of attacking Cuba.

Cuba is not a rich country, but that doiesnt prevent it from guaranteeing
the protection to children, according to UNICEF “something possible thanks
to the political will of the Cuban authorities”

The welfare of children is not determined by the financial resources. They
are needed, resources, but above all you need lots of love and will.

That is what Cuba has, and like National Hero Jose Marti once said:
“children are the world’s hope”

Cuban Agency News
La Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) es una división de la Agencia de Información Nacional (AIN) de Cuba fundada el 21 de mayo de 1974.