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Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Abreu named as witnesses in a human trafficking case

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets reacts after he hit a two run double in the eighth inning inning against the Miami Marlins during a game at Citi Field on July 4, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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Back in February and April we wrote about a criminal case brought against sports agents Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, accusing them of human trafficking and conspiracy. They were said to have taken $15 million in exchange for smuggling baseball players out of Cuba.

Hernandz and Estrada are slated to go on trial in a federal courtroom in Miami in early January. Two baseball players have been placed on the witness list: free agent Yoenis Cespedes, most recently of the New York Mets and Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and variousl MLB executives are named as possible witnesses as well. Cespedes and Abreu are not accused of wrongdoing.

The movement of players from Cuba to the United States to gain their freedom and earn their fortune is generally a good one. But many of them had to travel a very dark path in order to get here. This trial will no doubt shine some light on that path.

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