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Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate detained in Romania on human trafficking charges: reports

Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate detained in Romania on human trafficking charges: reports
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Former professional kickboxer and controversial internet personality Andrew Tate was arrested in Romania on Thursday, along with his brother, Reuters and local media reported.

Romanian prosecutors said in a statement obtained by CBS News that search warrants were carried out at several houses on Thursday due to suspicions of “an organized criminal group” involved in “human trafficking and rape.”

The organized crime group was formed by four suspects in early 2021 with “the aim of committing” human trafficking in Romania, the United States and the United Kingdom for “significant financial gain,” prosecutors said.

Six women have been found who were sexually exploited by the organized crime group, according to prosecutors.

Two British citizens and two Romanian citizens were detained, prosecutors said, and taken to law enforcement headquarters in Bucharest. Once they were questioned, it was decided that they would be held for 24 hours, prosecutors added. It was not known what would happen to them after that.

Reuters said this and other photos it obtained show Andrew Tate being escorted out of police headquarters on Thursday:

Andrew Tate and Tristan Tate arrested
Andrew Tate is escorted by police officers out of the headquarters of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Bucharest, Romania, on December 21, 2022.

INQUAM PHOTOS / Octav Ganea / REUTERS


“The four suspects… appear to have created an organized crime group for the purpose of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content intended for viewing on specialized websites for a fee,” the prosecution said in a statement. statement sent to Reuters.

Tate and his brother Tristan were among the four people arrested, prosecutors told Reuters.

Lawyers for the Tate brothers confirmed to Reuters that they had been detained.

The two brothers have been under criminal investigation since April, Reuters said.

Andrew Tate commented on Twitter on Friday, invoking the derisive term he uses to refer to those he believes control culture and governments, referencing the classic film of the same name:

Andrew Tate, born in the US but raised in Britain, is known for spreading hate speech, misogyny and violence. In August, he It was banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating Meta’s policies on dangerous organizations and individuals. He has also been banned from posting on YouTube.

In 2017, he was suspended from Twitter to say woman “assume the responsibility” for having been sexually assaulted, this as accusations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul harvey weinstein they were pouring in. He was reinstated to Twitter last month after Elon Musk took possession of the company.

Earlier this week, Tate got into a Twitter feud with climate activist Greta Thunberg.

In response to the report on Tate’s arrest, Thunberg tweeted on FridayThis is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.

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