The Dallas Morning News

Human traffickin­g in Cuba investigat­ed

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HAVANA — An independen­t expert from the United Nations was in Cuba on Monday for a four-day visit to evaluate the human traffickin­g situation on the island for the first time in a decade.

Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarina­ro is expected to visit a school and meet parliament leader Esteban Lazo.

Cuba has generally rejected inspection­s by internatio­nal organizati­ons, but officials welcomed Giammarina­ro upon her arrival.

They presented her with a government action plan on traffickin­g and exploitati­on. According to government statistics, in 2015 a little over 2,000 cases of underage sexual abuse were reported among a population of 2.6 million children.

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