On December 30th, 2021, a Romanian court extended the detention of influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan until February 27th, 2022, following allegations of human trafficking and rape.
The brothers are being investigated by Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) for forming an organized criminal group that stretched from Romania to Britain and the United States, with the purpose of committing the crime of human trafficking.
According to authorities, police served search warrants at five homes and took four suspects into custody, two Britons and two Romanians, as part of the investigation.
DIICOT alleged that two of the suspects misled the victims into believing that they intended to enter into a marriage or cohabitation relationship while transporting victims to Romania, and later sexually exploiting them with physical violence and coercion.
One suspect is also alleged to have raped a victim on two separate occasions in March 2022. At least six victims were alleged “sexually exploited by the organized criminal group,” according to a statement from DIICOT.
In addition to the detention extension, Romanian authorities announced on Monday that they had seized nearly $4 million worth of assets belonging to Andrew Tate over the past week.
Among the 29 seized assets are motor vehicles, luxury watches, and sums of money in several different currencies, according to the country’s Asset Recovery and Management Agency (ANABI).
Andrew Tate is a former professional kickboxer and is known for his viral rants online about male dominance, female submission, and wealth. He openly advocates violence against women and had previously been banned from every major social media platform until Elon Musk reinstated his Twitter account after taking over the company.
He rose to prominence earlier this year, with many adults, including school teachers, voicing alarm about his misogynistic ideas taking root in the minds of countless young boys. Before it was taken down, his TikTok account racked up about 11.6 billion views.
He made headlines the week of his arrest for a Twitter interaction with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who told Tate to “get a life” after he tweeted about his numerous cars and their respective enormous emissions.
The alleged crimes committed by Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are serious, and the authorities in Romania should be commended for taking swift action in their investigation.
The accusations, if proven true, highlight the dangers of giving platforms to individuals who openly advocate violence and misogyny. It is important that the investigation continues and that justice is served for the alleged victims.
the detainment of Andrew Tate and his brother on December 30th, 2021 on allegations of human trafficking and rape are serious accusations that should be taken seriously. The investigation by Romanian authorities should be commended, and it is important that justice is served for the alleged victims.
The court extended the detention until February 27th, 2022. These allegations serve as a reminder of the dangers of giving platforms to individuals who advocate violence and misogyny. It’s also important to note that the assets of Andrew Tate worth around $4 Million were seized by the authorities as part of the investigation.
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