Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Curacao involved in human trafficking from Venezuela

human traffickingWASHINGTON, WILLEMSTAD – The United States Department of States recently published its report on human trafficking between Venezuela and Cuba. This report indicates the abuse that is being committed against 30.000 Cuban doctors and other specialists, who are involved in social programs in Venezuela.

The report states that the Venezuelan women are forced to work in Curacao as prostitutes or exotic dancers, not only in Curacao, but also other former Netherlands Antilles islands. This is also for Trinidad and Tobago.

In the report, the Department of States indicates that the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire are importing women from Venezuela through the Falcon State. The transportation used is illegal and dangerous. These are small barges used by criminals to cross the waters between the Venezuelan coast and the ABC islands.

This is the third time the U.S. Department of State reports on this serious problem. The report indicates that the 30.000 doctors working in Venezuela do this in horrible circumstances receiving a miserable income. In some cases it can even be considered forced labor. These professionals are being forced to work long hours with a low salary. If they don’t comply, they or their families in Cuba are threatened. Venezuela is paying Cuba thousands of oil barrels for these doctors. There are various cases where these doctors have fled the South American country and established themselves in Miami, United States.

The Secretary of State, John Kerry has used this report to criticize the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolas Maduro. Kerry says that Maduro is not doing anything to put a stop to these abuses. There are only a few nongovernmental organizations which denounce these abuses. They try to defend these victims of human trafficking.

It’s not clear what the consequences are for the Dutch Caribbean islands.

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