Andrew Tate detained in Romania on rape and human trafficking charges

Ex-kickboxer and online influencer Andrew Tate has been arrested in Romania in connection with an alleged human trafficking case, Reuters reported on Friday.

Tate is being held for 24 hours along with his brother Tristan and two other suspects from Romania. The arrests came after a Romanian organized crime unit searched Tate’s properties where they found six women allegedly being sexually exploited by the suspects.

“The four suspects … appear to have formed an organized crime group with the aim of recruiting, harboring and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content to be viewed on specialized websites for a fee,” prosecutors said .

A December 29 press release by the Romanian Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) said that five house search warrants were carried out in a case investigating “the crimes of forming an organized criminal group, human trafficking and rape”. . The press release did not name names but did identify four suspects, two of whom are British citizens and the other two are Romanian citizens.

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Tate, who has millions of social media followers, has become known for his misogynist comments, which have led to him being banned from major social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (some of the bans were later lifted). He makes money selling an online course called Hustler’s University 2.0 and runs an adult webcam business called myfreecams. Tate’s myfreecams business, originally operated from the UK, was raided by UK authorities after one of the women who worked for the site claimed Tate had hit her. In a May 2021 YouTube video, Tate said he then moved to Romania, where the laws aren’t as strict.

Tate’s clash with Greta Thunberg may have backfired

Tate made headlines a few days ago after an online spat with activist Greta Thunberg in which he boasted about his many expensive cars with “enormous emissions”.

Unconfirmed online rumors circulated immediately after Tate’s arrest that Romanian police may have learned of Tate’s whereabouts from a video he posted in response to Thunberg, as the pizza boxes featured in the video appear to be from a Romanian pizzeria. The BBC has since reported that “this is not the case”. Tate, who has been under investigation since April, tweeted about Romania a week ago, which may have given the authorities a lead as to his whereabouts.

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