The British national Andrew Tate was arrested along with his brother Tristan and two Romanians, according to the Romanian Public Prosecutor’s Special Organized Crime Unit, DIICOT. The four suspects are said to have trafficked in human beings in Romania and also in the USA and Great Britain since the beginning of 2021 and forced women into prostitution.
The women were coerced into sexual acts in order to “produce pornographic content and distribute it on the Internet”. According to a DIICOT statement, the six victims identified so far were recruited using the so-called loverboy method. They were lured with promises of love and marriage.
As part of the investigations launched in April, searches have already taken place in several locations in the country. According to DIICOT, five house searches were recently carried out in Bucharest and the surrounding area. The four suspects are to be brought before a magistrate in Bucharest this Friday.
Tate flaunts CO₂-ejecting sports cars
Tate, who moved to Romania with his brother a few years ago, has been banned from several online services for misogynistic comments. Tate has been allowed to use the platform again since selling Twitter to multi-billionaire Elon Musk.
It was only on Wednesday that Tate clashed with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, attracting the attention of millions of people. Tate, who has repeatedly attracted attention with misogynist statements, had boasted about the number of his cars and wrote to Thunberg: “Please give me your email address so that I can send you a complete list of my car collection and the enormous emissions. “
The pioneer of the global climate protection movement Fridays for Future reacted promptly: “Yes, please enlighten me, write to me at kleinpenisenergieàhastdunichtsbetterestodo.com.” From the point of view of many Twitter users, that was the case – by late Friday morning Thunberg’s post had 3.3 million “likes” – the former kickboxer’s post had a good 200,000.
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