Posts tagged ‘trade’

10 March 2011

Italian couple arrested for child trafficking (Watch Video)

The couple had bought a three days old toddler from a young Romanian mother with whom they had previously made a deal, since before the child was born. As the pregnant Romanian woman was about to give birth, she was admitted to the maternity in Bacău using the italian woman’s identification documents. Thus, the child’s birth certificate had the Italian woman’s name on it as the mother of the toddler.

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7 December 2010

Wikileaks: Romania Mentioned as Go-Between in Iranian Weapons Deal

A confidential list of strategic instalations around the world, published by Wikileaks, mentions Romania, Russia and Croatia as intermediaries in a deal to supply Iran with strategic defence equipment. The provider was allegedly a German company and the trade was supposed to take place in 2007. Romania, Russia and Croatia were supposed to help the supplier avoid the embargo on Iran. The diplomatic document does not mention whether a Romanian company or person was indeed involved in a trade or whether the deal was carried out.

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14 October 2010

Ţăndărei: the Slave Trade Town in Romania

In 2008, several dozens of Gipsies from Ţăndărei caused outrage in Slough, UK, after a massive police action revealed how they were trading humans like cattle across the border – children, mostly, who were sent out to beg. It was said that the criminal network had been dismantled.

In 2010, though, the Metropolitan Police in London has announced a similar action, with similar results: 7 adults arrested, 28 Romanian children liberated from what seemed to be modern slavery. One of the children was a 12 year old girl who was also pregnant and a three years old boy, whose body was severely bruised. They were both hospitalized.

The children and the suspects are all from the same town, Ţăndărei, in South-Eastern Romania. As revealed by a Task Force Media secret camera report from 2009, beggars from Ţăndărei and Feteşti had invaded Edgware Road and Marble Arch, in uptown London.

Human traffickers convince parents to let their children go to Britain and lend them the money for the journey. Then, they charge huge interest rates, that take years to pay back, and in the meanwhile the children remain prisoner and are sent out to beg.

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