Cuban Indentured Servants Sent to Pay Off Odebrecht

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Brazil's deal with the Castro regime to import 6,000 Cuban doctors is getting a heavy dose of criticism from Brazilian physicians -- but the outrage should be universal.

Note Brazil has a free universal health care system, so this deal is obviously not about access to health care.  

It is about the Brazilian government's shady business deals -- executed via the conglomerate Odebrecht -- with the Castro regime.

In particular, it is Castro's debt service for the $600 million that Brazil has paid Odebrecht to update the Port of Mariel and the nearly $200 million it is now providing Odebrecht to modernize Castro's airports.

In an unprecedented move, last month, Brazil's government "classified" these business deals with the Castro regime as "state secrets" until the year 2027.

Indentured servitude was a form of debt bondage established during colonial times.

Tragically, that is exactly what is taking place today with Cuban doctors in Venezuela (used to pay off oil subsidies) and now in Brazil (used to pay off Odebrecht).

So who will stand up for these Cuban doctors who are being trafficked abroad by the Castro regime as indentured servants?

They are sent abroad to pay off Castro's debts in the worst of conditions -- their passports are kept under lock and key; they are constantly watched by regime minders; they are forcefully separated from their families; their (petty) stipends are withheld.

These actions are in violation of international legal norms, including the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the International Labor Organization's Convention on the Protection of Wages.

So who will stand up for them?

From LA Times:

Brazil plan to import thousands of Cuban doctors criticized

A Brazilian government plan to import 6,000 Cuban doctors to practice in needy areas is being greeted with criticism from  local medical professionals.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota announced the plan after a visit by Cuba's foreign minister Monday. “Given the deficit of medical professionals in Brazil," he said, "this is a cooperation that has great promise and potential, and also has strategic value.”

But Brazil’s Federal Medical Council, or CFM, issued a statement saying foreign doctors would need to have their qualifications validated in Brazil first and would not be granted special dispensation.

“Those kinds of measures break the law, lead to pseudo care with more risks for the population and, in addition to being temporary, are reckless due to their electoral and political nature,” the council said.