Pizza box did not lead to arrest of influencer Andrew Tate, Romanian authorities say

Sentences for human trafficking convictions range from three to ten years in prison in Romania.

Andrew Tate was detained by Romanian authorities along with his brother on December 30 on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and the creation of an organized crime group. Several reports suggested the pizza box helped police narrow down Mr. Tate’s location. Now, however, Romanian authorities have revealed that the pizza box failed to notify Romanian law enforcement of the misogynist influencer’s whereabouts, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The pizza box arrest theory exploded after the 36-year-old influencer released a video mocking climate activist Greta Thunberg in a Versace robe, smoking a cigar and getting two boxes from Jerry’s Pizza, a popular Romanian chain.

Ramona Bolla, a spokeswoman for the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Directorate, told the Washington Post that the pizza box played no role in his arrest or timing. “It was hard work to gather all the evidence in the months-long investigation,” she said.

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According to Ms. Bola, the information in a pizza box that eventually revealed his whereabouts was false. Officials in Romania said Mr. Tate and his brother Tristan Tate, who are dual citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom, were detained along with two other individuals as part of an “organized criminal group for the purpose of recruiting, harboring and exploiting of women by forcing them to create pornographic content intended to be viewed on specialized websites for a fee.”

According to the Washington Post, sentences for human trafficking range from three to ten years in prison in Romania. Penalties for rape can range from five to ten years in prison.

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