A rights group called GRETA (Group of Experts on Combating Human Trafficking) had drawn attention to the crime in Romania last year, even as far-right influencer Andrew Tate was arrested on Thursday by the country’s authorities.
In a June 2021 press release, GRETA urged Romania to ensure that human trafficking offenses lead to effective and dissuasive penalties and that victims of trafficking have access to compensation.
The report also notes that Romania remains primarily a country of origin for victims of human trafficking.
The group’s year-old press release resurfaced after Mr Tate locked horns with climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
Earlier this week Mr Tate tagged Ms Thunberg in a post bragging about the carbon emissions of his various sports cars.
“I have 33 cars,” he began, before listing the specifications of his Bugattis and Ferraris.
“This is just the beginning,” he continued. “Please provide your email address so I can send a full list of my car collection and their respective huge shows.”
Ms Thunberg replied: “Yes, please enlighten me. write me at smalld***[email protected].”
He later shared his response in a video in which a two-minute clip has him speaking, wearing a robe and holding a cigar.
At one point, he is seen picking up two pizza boxes from someone and placing them on the table.
Subsequently, Romanian authorities used Mr Tate’s social media post in which he ridiculed the Romanian pizza chain, Jerry’s Pizza, to confirm that he was in the country.
The pizza boxes, it seems, helped authorities find him.
Civil rights lawyer Alejandra Caraballo, sharing a screenshot of Mr Tate’s video from the day before and tweeted: ‘Romanian authorities needed proof that Andrew Tate was in the country so they would have used his social media posts.
The coincidence of the release of the GRETA group last year and the exchange between Ms Thunberg and Mr Tate which led to the authorities finding him was also highlighted by Ms Caraballo in another article.
Mr Tate, a former kickboxer, has attracted a large following of men online and has been banned from various social media sites due to his aggressive and often misogynistic views. In 2016, he was kicked out of reality TV show Big Brother, after a video emerged of him hitting a woman with a belt.