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Cuba arrests 17 for human trafficking for military recruitment

Havana, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban authorities informed on Thursday about the arrest of 17 people involved in a human trafficking network that operated to incorporate Cuban citizens into war operations in Ukraine.

Specialists from the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation at the Ministry of the Interior said on national television that the persons involved in this criminal network in Cuba are being investigated.

They added that three persons belonged to the recruitment scheme within Cuba, directed from abroad.

The remaining 14 persons confessed that they had joined the operation by their individual and voluntary decision in exchange for residence in Russia and substantial monetary compensation.

The organizers identified individuals with criminal records from dysfunctional families to incorporate them into the mercenary system. The leading criminal evidence is the confessions of the detainees and the communications established by the ringleader within the network with the remaining participants.

The investigation into these events, which affects national security, continues.

A few days ago, the Cuban Foreign Ministry (MINREX) issued a statement saying that Cuba is facing human trafficking operations for military recruitment purposes.

The MINREX statement ratified that Cuba is not part of the military conflict in Ukraine, and it will act vigorously against whoever participates in any human trafficking operations for recruitment or mercenarism purposes from the national territory, so that Cuban citizens can use weapons against another country.


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