11 April 2017
A United Nations human rights investigator visited Cuba on Monday to probe human trafficking in the Caribbean nation, the first time in a decade. Maria is U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons especially women and children. On her first day, she visited school children in Havana. Maria would meet Cuban authorities and activists to discuss challenges in addressing trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation in the country. Maria also visited Cuba's parliamentary president Esteban in a meeting that was described as cordial. Authorities in Cuba have long resisted what they regard as external interference in their human rights record.