AMLO says Mexico welcomes 700 Cuban slave doctors
Mexican leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Tuesday that his country had imported 700 Cuban slave doctors, now working in Mexican hospitals.
The newly announced number adds another 90 to the Mexican Institute of Social Security’s (IMSS) total of 610 Cuban slave doctors. reported in March. Mexico imports forced labor under a deal signed in 2022 between Mexico’s IMSS and the Communist Castro regime’s Cuban Medical Services Marketer (CSMC), which deals in the trade in slave doctors.
Selling doctors as forced labor to poor allied countries is a billion dollar industry for Cuba. Doctors and other health workers who have escaped the human trafficking situation say they have often had to falsify medical statistics, were forced to pressure patients to adopt communist ideology and had their passports confiscated to prevent them from escaping. Defecting physicians are banned to return to Cuba for eight years, which often means giving up seeing their children’s childhoods left at home on medical “missions.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, López Obrador thanked the communist regime for doctors. The Mexican president agreed to hire the services of slave doctors from the communist Castro regime for his “Health Pulse” program during his official visit to Cuba in May 2022. The first group arrived in July of that year.
In August, the Mexican newspaper El Financiero claims gaining access to leaked documents that showed the Mexican government agreed to pay Cuba about $1.2 million a month as part of the deal in exchange for 610 Cuban slave doctors.
In March, the director of the IMSS Zoé Robledo announcement that the original agreement of 610 slave doctors had been expanded and would see Mexico receive an additional 600 slave doctors.
During the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, the government of López Obrador paid the Castro regime $6.2 million for a total of 585 Cuban slave doctors and nurses to treat coronavirus patients in 2020. However, the Castro regime reportedly only paid each doctor $660 in expenses related to food for a period of three months, pocketing the rest.
The trade in Cuban slave doctors is one of the most enduring major sources of income for the communist regime of Castro, estimated speak the wall street journal to $11 billion in 2019.
Although being largely denounced Labeled as “trafficking in persons” by the Organization of American States (OAS) and other organizations, countries around the world continue to engage in multimillion-dollar activities. Agreements with the Castro regime in exchange for the labor of slave doctors, effectively funding the communist regime – which keeps almost all of the money received in full and only pays each doctor a fraction of their labor.
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Cuban doctors sent abroad under the slavery program are subject to strict surveillance and a curfew, with their passports withheld by regime officials. Also, Cuban law prohibits them from making statements on social networks without authorization, from maintaining relations of any kind with people “taking positions hostile to or contrary to the principles” of the communist regime, and even from driving without prior authorization.
If they attempt to defect and seek freedom, the Castro regime will charge them with the crime of “abandonment of office” and they face up to eight years in prison – likewise, those who manage to leave the program slave doctors are banned from returning to Cuba for eight years.
Cuban doctors who managed to flee the human trafficking program denounced that the Castro regime forced them to produce falsified medical data and destroy drugs to support the program and help sell the “success” of the Cuban health system.
In reality, and like much of Cuba’s infrastructure, the island nation’s healthcare system is in worse State after six decades of communist mismanagement. Widespread shortages of even the most basic medicines are common, and many Cubans have to pay large sums of money to find them on the black markets. Cuban hospitals also continue to deal with staff shortages as staff continue to flee the country due to the inhumane conditions in which they have to live and work.