United States criticizes Iran and Venezuela for human trafficking failings

United States criticizes Iran and Venezuela for human trafficking failings

Under a 2000 US law called the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the United States does not provide non-humanitarian, non-trade-related foreign assistance to any country that fails to adhere with minimum standards for eradicating trafficking and makes no efforts in this direction..

On Saturday, The White House stated that it had ordered Iran, Venezuela and four African nations to be added to a US list of countries accused of failing to crack down on human trafficking, a step that further isolates them from the United States. The White House mentioned it also was increasing restrictions on North Korea, Eritrea, Russia and Syria, which already have been inluded in the list , by constraining them from engaging in educational or cultural exchange programs with the US.

In addition, the US executive director of the International Monetary Fund and US executive directors at other multilateral development banks have been instructed by President Trump’s administration to vote against extending loans or other funds to North Korea, Russia and Iran for fiscal year 2018, which starts on Sunday.

Under a 2000 United States law called the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the US does not provide non-humanitarian, non-trade-related foreign assistance to any country that fails to comply with minimum standards for eradicating trafficking and is not making any efforts in that direction.

The White House has stated in a notice that Iran, Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Sudan had been added to the list of countries subject to these restrictions for the new fiscal year.

 The move came six days after Donald Trump included Venezuela and Iran on the list of eight countries targeted for travel restrictions to the US. The restrictions on Venezuela focused on government officials who the Trump administration blamed for the country’s slide into economic disarray. The travel ban on Iranians was broader. That travel ban list lifted previous restrictions on citizens from Sudan.
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