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Court Jails Seven for Sex Crimes

May 1, 2000 · 


Published in The Ecpat Newsletter
(May 2000)

Cuba: A court in eastern Cuba has sentenced five Cuban men and two women to jail terms of between three and 30 years for sex offenses involving schoolgirls.

The seven were convicted by the court in Camaguey province of repeated crimes of “corruption of minors” and procuring. They were accused of forcing a group of secondary school girls to perform sex acts, using promises of money, and in some cases, threats of physical force.

Of the five men convicted, three received jail terms of 30 years, one was sentenced to 27 years and another to 1O. The two women were given jail terms of 12 and three years respectively. Cuba, worried about preserving its growing tourist industry from the threat of sex tourism, recently modified its penal code to toughen penalties for sex offenses involving minors.

(Reziters: April 13, 1999)


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