Canal Caribe.- Trafficking in persons is a punishable offense worldwide. There are numerous experiences of individuals who have lost their lives or victims of violence and organized crime at the hands of other people or groups devoted to the business of trafficking. There have also been regrettable experiences in the case of Cuba. Humberto López sheds light on this issue.
Evidence on human trafficking campaign exposed in Cuba
Havana, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban television investigation today revealed new information about a human trafficking operation that left 26 people in the lurch and one of them in need of medical attention.
The Interior Ministry reported that on 30 October the passengers, left to their fate by smugglers, were aboard a disabled speedboat with United States registration.
Journalistic work revealed the identity of a Navy media driver who had been prosecuted twice on the island for theft.
Rafael López of the central province of Vila Clara worked as a tractor operator and carried out fishing activities, giving him extensive command of the area where he lived.
In 2001, he immigrated to the United States illegally and settled in Miami, Florida, where he devoted himself to human trafficking by sea.
According to the report, for each illegal crossing, Lopez received between $60,000 and $100,000, plus his actions smuggled fugitives from justice, including women, children, people with criminal records, and family and friends. .
López announced that he had loaded more than 25 passengers into a speedboat designed for 14 or 15 people, in accordance with instructions he received from the owners of the naval environment, who, in addition to the forms of payment, requested the date and time of the incursion. had decided.
The investigation states that “this sailor is the face of boat owners who act as mafia and receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in each operation.”
Regarding the events of 30 October, López explained that he was supposed to receive a remuneration of $100,000 for the crossing, however, when the boat’s engines failed, he left the passengers, four of whom were minors.
Cuban officials have recently warned about the dangers involved in illegal departures from the island, which are for-profit only and have no real interest in human life.
The island’s government has reiterated its commitment to an orderly and safe migration in multiple scenarios, and its willingness to negotiate so that the process that constitutes a human right can be carried out without hindrance or manipulation.