‘Influencer’ arrested in Romania for trafficking in women

BUCHAREST.- the controversial influencers British Andrew Tate will appear today, December 30, along with his brother before a court in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, after being accused of forcing several women into prostitution, a spokeswoman for the anti-mafia prosecutor’s office told AFP.

“Andrew and Tristan Tate are arrested for 24 hours”, declared Ramona Bolla. “Both will be presented before the Bucharest court, with a proposal that they remain in provisional detention for 30 days,” he added.

“At the beginning of 2021, (the) four suspects formed an organized criminal group with a view to committing the crime of trafficking in human beings on the territory of Romania, but also in other countries,” prosecutors from the Directorate of Investigations on the Organized Crime and Terrorism (Diicot) of Romania in a statement dated December 29.

The brothers, together with two detained Romanians, allegedly trafficked, recruited and exploited women by coercing them to perform pornographic acts in order to produce and disseminate such material on the internet.

The authorities have so far identified six of the alleged victims and several locations in the country were registered in the framework of the investigation, which began in April.

Tate, a former kickboxing champion who moved to Romania with his brother a few years ago, appeared on the television show Big Brother in 2016, but was eliminated from the competition after a video was released showing him beating up a woman.

His social networks were suspended for misogynistic statements, although Twitter recently reactivated his account.

On Wednesday, he got into an argument with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter after congratulating himself on social media for emitting a lot of greenhouse gases from his car collection.