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Romanian authorities detain Andrew Tate on suspicion of trafficking

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Andrew Tate, a controversial internet sensation and former professional kickboxer, has reportedly been detained by Romanian prosecutors on suspicion of human trafficking, rape, and organising a criminal group.

Tate who has been banned from some social media platforms due to his controversial opinions considered ‘misogynistic’ and ‘hate speech’, and his brother Tristan, will be detained for 24 hours alongside two Romanian suspects, prosecutors from the anti organised-crime unit said in a statement on Thursday after raiding their properties in Bucharest.

The Tate brothers have been under criminal investigation since April, Reuters reports.

Andrew Tate and Tristan Tate are escorted by police officers outside the headquarters of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism in Bucharest (DIICOT) after being detained for 24 hours, in Bucharest, Romania, December 29, 2022. Photo: Reuters

They have declined to comment but their lawyer confirmed they had been detained.

“The four suspects … appear to have created an organised crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialised websites for a cost,” prosecutors said.

“They would have gained important sums of money.”

Prosecutors said they had found six women who had been sexually exploited by the suspects.

Writing by Muzha Kucha