Human Traffic Watch

Cuba to address sex trafficking, prostitution

In Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Cuba’s ongoing socialist revolution has consistently shown it is adaptable and capable of renewal in the areas of feminism, environmental sustainability, political participation, health and education.

Despite the constant and concerted campaign by the United States to undermine the Cuban Revolution, it has achieved many great outcomes, including universal health care, universal education, eradication of illiteracy, low levels of birth mortality and low levels of HIV and AIDS.

Cuba has always been ahead of its time on the issue of equality and women’s participation at all levels of society. The inclusion of women within the revolution has been cemented through the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), a non-government organisation with more than 3 million members that has a guaranteed advisory role in the formulation of government policy.

One of the goals of the revolution was the eradication of prostitution, viewed by Fidel Castro as the fault of United States imperialism and brought to Cuba by the way of North American tourism.

After the revolution, Cuba criminalised pimping through the use of heavy penalties, while working to provide women in the industry with alternative livelihoods including educational and trade opportunities.

Source: Green Left

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