Former kickboxer and online influencer Andrew Tate has been detained in Romania in connection with a human trafficking allegation, Reuters reported on Friday.
Tate will be held in 24-hour detention, along with his brother Tristan and two other suspects from Romania. The arrests came after a Romanian organized crime unit raided Tate’s properties and found six women who were allegedly sexually abused by the suspects.
“The four suspects … appear to have formed an organized crime group with the aim of recruiting, hosting and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content that can be viewed on private websites for a fee,” prosecutors said.
The Romanian Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate (DIICOT) said in a December 29 press release that five house search warrants were implemented in a case investigating “crimes of forming an organized crime syndicate, human trafficking and rape”. The press release does not name any but mentions four suspects, two of whom are British and the other two are Romanian nationals.
Who is Andrew Tate? And why is the controversial figure taking over TikTok?
Tate, who has millions of social media followers, gained notoriety for her misogynistic comments, which resulted in her being banned from major social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube (some of the bans were later lifted). She makes money by selling an online course called “Hustler’s University 2.0” and runs an adult webcam business called “myfreecams” she. Tate’s myfreecams business, which was originally run outside the UK, led to a raid by UK authorities after one of the women working for the site claimed that Tate had hit her. In a May 2021 YouTube video, Tate said she later moved to Romania, where the laws were not that strict she said.
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Tate made headlines a few days ago after an online argument with activist Greta Thunberg in which she boasted of many expensive cars with “enormous emissions”.
Ironically, Romanian police may have learned of Tate’s whereabouts from a video they posted in response to Thunberg, because the pizza boxes seen in the video appear to come from a Romanian pizzeria. Thunberg used the reports to initiate one final humiliating comeback at the Tate. tweeting “This is what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”
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