Almost 30 persons, among which a German citizen and a TV executive from Bucharest have been taken into custody on Thursday, in connection with a male luxury prostitution ring. Zender Klaus, a German national living in Romania for 11 years, is accused of organising the encounters between gay men and male prostitutes – meetings attended, among others, by a journalist and a football player. Prosecutors claim that young men and boys would be brought to a villa in Snagov, close to Bucharest, to entertain other gay men in all-out orgies. These parties would take place on week-ends, mostly, fact confirmed by several neighbours who claim to have seen lots of men coming and going from the house.
Among the men apprehended there is also Doru Iuga, the entertainment director of Romania’s controversial TV channel OTV. Sources claim that he has only been called in as a witness in the case, while others say that he was only a client of the male prostitution network, not a pimp. 250 police officers took part in the arrest operation.