U.N. experts say they have documented instances of U.R.M. doctors using slave labor to provide care for patients in a Mexico hospital.
Special Rapporteur on Torture, Richard Falk, told reporters Monday that a group of doctors from Mexico’s National Hospital of the Americas (INAH) had filed a complaint with the U.s.
Department of Justice.
In one case, Falk said, INAH doctors had forced an 18-year-old man to lift heavy weights and then dragged him by his hair to a room where he was chained and blindfolded, forced to strip naked and sleep naked, Falk wrote.
He said the patient had suffered “serious bodily injury” and was in critical condition.
The case was “one of the most serious cases I’ve seen,” Falk said.
In another case, the group alleged that INAH doctor Miguel Angel González was “enticing” a patient to perform labor, Falk added.
The patient had “significant injuries,” including broken ribs and facial injuries, which he had to spend weeks in intensive care.
In another case a patient’s neck had been broken by a mallet.
Gonzalez was charged in federal court last week.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The allegations were detailed in an internal INAH report obtained by the AP.
Falk said INAH is “not only guilty of serious violations of the law but also the law itself” and is in violation of the World Trade Organization, the U,s and U.K.’s Anti-Corruption Convention.
He described the hospital’s treatment of patients as “a systematic violation of international law, human rights and basic dignity.”
“The INAH Hospital of México has a long and ugly history of treating patients with physical and sexual abuse,” he wrote.
The Mexican government has not commented on the complaint.
In response to Falk’s accusations, INH officials said INH has a “zero tolerance policy” for such cases.
In a statement to the AP, the Mexican government said it takes any accusations of abuse seriously and “will vigorously investigate and prosecute those responsible.”
Mexico has a thriving medical tourism industry that has been linked to more than 40,000 deaths in recent years and to widespread corruption and exploitation.