The United States has removed Cuba from its list of countries that fail to combat human trafficking.

The annual State Department report comes a week after Cuba and the US formally restored diplomatic relations.

The United States previously accused Cuba’s communist authorities of forcing people to travel abroad to work on government-backed projects.

US Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall said Cuba had made progress in combating sex trafficking, but concerns remained over the country’s failures to address forced labour.

Cuba was first included on the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons list in 2003.

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