Romania detains Andrew Tate in human trafficking case

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STORY: Controversial internet personality Andrew Tate has been detained in Romania.

The former professional kickboxer has been accused of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group.

He was detained along with his brother Tristan and two other Romanian suspects.

In a statement, Romanian prosecutors said:

"The four suspects ... appear to have created an organized crime group with the purpose of recruiting, housing and exploiting women by forcing them to create pornographic content meant to be seen on specialized websites for a cost."

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

Tate has been banned from many social media platforms for misogynistic comments and hate speech.

He previously said women are partially responsible for being raped and that they belong to men.

Earlier this week, he was told to “get a life” by the climate activist Greta Thunberg after he boasted to her that he owned 33 cars with “enormous emissions”.

The Tate brothers have been under criminal investigation since April.

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