If you were following the news on Thursday, you know that controversial influencer Andrew Tate has been detained by Romanian authorities after being arrested for human trafficking. The arrest comes after he sparred with climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
He has made a number of controversial comments about women and misogyny. He has said that women should bear some of the blame for sexual assault and violence. This has led to him being banned from Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. However, after Elon Musk took over Tesla, his account was restored.
Tate, a former professional kickboxer, was a contestant on the UK version of Big Brother. In 2016, he had a big online following, with 4.7 million followers on Instagram. But he was taken out of the show after making offensive tweets. At the time, Tate was also accused of holding an American woman captive.
Later, Tate and his brother were arrested by the Romanian authorities and charged with human trafficking. Authorities alleged that the two brothers lured women into prostitution to earn money. The victims were then subjected to physical and psychological abuse. They were forced to produce pornographic content, which was then distributed on specialized websites. Most of the money was then used by the Tate brothers.
The video shows that the Tate brothers are a pair of criminals. They allegedly used a “loverboy” technique to trick women into having sexual relations. They lured women into the crime through false promises and false intentions, and then coerced them into making pornographic content for money.
As part of the investigation, police searched Tate’s home and other properties, finding items like knives, guns, luxury cars, and computer equipment. Investigators have identified six victims.
Prosecutors in Romania are awaiting a court’s decision on whether to extend the detention of the Tate brothers, who will be held for 30 days. According to prosecutors, they could face up to several years in prison.
One of the alleged victims claims that she was being held against her will, and that Tate hit her with a belt. She later tweeted a photo of herself showing her injuries. The video has since gone viral, and has garnered attention in the manosphere.
While the Tate brothers were being investigated, their personal brands became entangled with their social media activity. The Tate brothers created profiles on various websites, and feigned feelings for potential victims. Their methods, according to investigators, closely resembled the “loverboy” technique.
Authorities served search warrants at five homes. Aside from the residence of the Tate brothers, investigators also searched the homes of an alleged victim and the mother of a victim. Several telephones were also confiscated during the raid.
On Friday, Ramona Bolla, a spokesperson for the Romanian anti-organized crime agency DIICOT, told the New York Times that Mr. Tate has denied any wrongdoing. The video is also being used by the Romanian authorities to build their case.
After the video was shared on social media, the Tate family was banned from several social media platforms. During the investigation, prosecutors seized 16 telephones and various computer equipment.