U.S. accuses Iran, Venezuela of human trafficking failings

The White House said on Saturday it had ordered that Iran, Venezuela and four African nations be added to a U.S. 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 said in a notice that Venezuela, among other nations, had been added to a list of countries subject to foreign assistance restrictions by the United States for the new fiscal year. 

The move came six days after Trump included Venezuela on a list of eight countries targeted for travel restrictions to the United States. The restrictions on Venezuela focused on government officials who the Trump administration blamed for the country’s slide into economic disarray.