HAVANA (Reuters) -- 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, an official Cuban newspaper said Tuesday.
The Communist Party daily Granma said 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 10. 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.
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