Fighting againsta Borderless Crime

The Cuban government a keeps in force policy of zero tolerance against people trafficking

By: Yuniel Labacena Romero

Email: digital@juventudrebelde.cu

2017-08-26 | 15:47:10 EST

The National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Elimination of People Trafficking and Victims’ Protection for the 2017-2020 period approved by the Council of State and published on the Official Gazette Special Issue No. 33, on August 2, 2017, shows the Cuban Government’swillingness for keeping in force a policy of zero tolerance against this crime.

The awareness-raising, orientation and counseling campaigns for the whole societyare among the actions to be carried out.Information is sought on Labor Code violation and other related rules that may lead to possible cases of people trafficking, as well as the control actions for compliance with the provisions of the Migration Law and other legal provisions regarding the exit of children and adolescents, especially those who are not accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Theplanalso includes the implementation of mechanisms and ways to protect victimsand report alleged acts of people trafficking; educational, training and promotional activities dealing with signs and other elements that indicate the existence ofthis phenomenon, particularly among officials who work at border points, processing centers, Cuban consulates and tourist areas, and those inthe population that travel abroad.

The Ministry of Justice is the central authority responsible for coordinating and implementing the plan. It will also regulate actions involving an international component, except in bilateral dialogue and cooperation processes and the work of United Nations human rights bodies, which will continue to be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cuba is a State Party to numerous international legal instruments directly or indirectly relatedto people trafficking, and cooperates internationally in its application. It also has a set of national legal rules that allow to fight this crime effectively.

As stated byUN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of victims of people trafficking, especially women and children Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, - who recently visited our country and knows the Plan in detail - the real challenge will be the implementation of these steps. Only in this way Cuba can prevent people trafficking from becoming a social problem considered as a borderless crime.

Translated by ESTI

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