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Andrew Tate Hit with More Severe Human Trafficking Charge in Romania
Tate, his brother Tristan Tate, and two female suspects from Romania are now being investigated for human trafficking in continued form, which is a more serious crime than previous charges against them.
Romanian prosecutors have increased the severity of the human trafficking charge against controversial social media personality Andrew Tate.
Tate, his brother Tristan Tate and two female suspects from Romania are now being investigated for human trafficking in continued form, which is a more serious crime than the previous trafficking charges against them, according to The Guardian.
The four suspects were detained in Bucharest, Romania on Dec. 29, 2022, and have been under house arrest since the end of March, as an ongoing investigation looks into allegations of human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women, The Guardian reported.
They have denied all allegations.
The Tate brothers' legal team said that the change in severity of the charge is in their clients’ “legal interest,” according to The New York Post.
“The legal framework has been revised and altered to ensure an impartial investigation is upheld,” the attorneys said in a statement.
Prosecutors from Romania’s anti-organized crime unit DIICOT allege the suspects created an organized crime unit in attempt to recruit, house and exploit women “by forcing them to create pornographic content,” which they reaped the financial gains from, the Post reported.
All four suspects were called to the headquarters of DIICOT on Monday to be informed of the new allegations against them, according to BBC News. Romanian law states that the trafficking of adults can result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
A Romanian man named Vlad Obuzic, who prosecutors say was close with the Tate brothers, allegedly coerced women to produce pornographic content by pretending to be seeking a relationship or marriage, The Guardian reported. Prosecutors have opened a separate criminal investigation against him.
"To ensure the victims' loyalty and that they will perform only to the benefit of the members of the group, they were forced to tattoo the name or face of the group member exploiting them," prosecutors said, according to BBC News.
Last week, a new victim came forward and alleged that Tate choked her until she fell unconscious during sex and that he continued to have sex with her in her unresponsive state, The Independent reported.
She is the fourth woman being represented by a UK law firm planning to proceed with legal action against Tate based on allegations that the influencer committed violent sexual and physical acts against them.
The UK woman told The Independent that Tate began to choke her while the two were having sex in 2014.
“He put his hands around my throat and strangled me until I lost consciousness,” she reportedly said. “Then when I came back around again, he was still having sex with me. It was very scary because he is obviously quite a big guy.”
A spokesperson for Tate told The Independent that the influencer “vehemently denies these accusations,” adding, “all sexual acts that Andrew has partaken in have been consensual.”