Update on Andrew Tate as of December 30
The controversial social media influencer, Andrew Tate, who was banned from Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok in August of this year, was arrested in Romania on Thursday Dec 29. Along with his brother Tristan, and two others, the group have been detained on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group.
“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 in a statement on Thursday.
A lawyer for the Tate brothers confirmed that they had been detained and Romanian prosecutors asked a Bucharest court today, to detain Andrew Tate for 30 days.
The former pro kickboxer has very publicly shared, and become known for his deeply misogynistic comments and online courses teaching men how to pimp out their girlfriends on Only Fans.
*This is the original article we released on July 29.
Who is Andrew Tate?
Andrew Tate, formerly known as @CobraTate on Instagram, has been blowing up the internet in recent months for his bombastic comments regarding women. Tate had an instagram following of 2.5 million and portrays himself as a wealthy cigar-smoking playboy, prompting one admirer to dub him the “king of toxic masculinity.” But recently, after allegations surfaced, many others have been calling him a sex trafficker. So, is there any truth to that claim?
The three-time kickboxing world champion and businessman was recently interviewed by Barstool Sports, during which he stated, “If a woman is going out with a man and she wants to do OnlyFans, then she owes him some of that money because she is his…she belongs to him and the intimate parts of her body belong to him… if she wants to sell those then he has a stake in those intimate parts of her body.”
These ideas sound like something you’d expect to hear out of the mouth of a pimp. Tate often showcases his businesses, cars, and fortune on his social media accounts, but how did he make his money?
The Tate Webcam Scam
Andrew Tate is currently worth $250 million, but it wasn’t a few fights and some sports commentary that gave him his wealth. His first million was made when he was around 27 years old by managing cam girls.
In a Fresh&Fit Podcast, Andrew details his webcam business, stating that he texted several of his girlfriends and asked them to live and work with him. Allegedly, Tate and two of the girls managed to grow the webcam business to a point where they had 75 women working in four locations, charging $4 a minute.
At its peak, Andrew claims the business made about $600,000 a month, with him taking 20 to 30 percent of the girls’ webcam income.
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But the webcam business was profiting off of fraud.
In March 2022, Britain’s Daily Mirror tabloid profiled the Tate brothers. Tristan Tate brazenly told the Sunday Mirror “it’s all a big scam,” in which he and his brother use webcam models to trick men into sending the brothers tens of thousands of dollars. During the streams, some of the women claim to have crippling university debt, a family member in need of healthcare, or a dream of moving to the UK—sometimes even telling men they want to meet them.
The Tate brothers believe they are invincible because of two lines in their webcam terms and conditions. The first states that broadcasting is “for entertainment purposes only,” and the second claims all cash given to models is “a voluntary sign of gratitude for their time broadcasting.”
But there seems to be an even more sinister story behind the successful webcamming business.
Fleeing the UK to Find Sanctuary in Romania
Andrew Tate fled the UK after 11 charges were brought against him by UK Law Enforcement during an investigation for assaulting one of his webcam models. In 2016, he was booted off the British version of Big Brother after a 2012 video resurfaced of him hitting a woman with a belt, calling her a “whore” and telling her to count her bruises. Tate claims that the actions were consensual, and that the belt was actually made of felt. Either way, the violence and degradation in these videos is clear.
He now resides with his brother in a lavish compound in Romania with 20 armed guards and possesses 10 passports. But why Romania?
In a Tiktok video, Tate claims that he is more free in Romania to access the corruption available in that country than in the US, stating, “If we are going to accept that every single system is corrupt, why not live in a place where you can access the corruption?”
Another video originally posted to his YouTube channel that recirculated on Twitter reveals an even more concerning belief. Andrew says that in Eastern European countries it is easier to get off on rape charges and that it’s “probably 40% of the reason” he moved there.
He says: “I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of just being able to do what I want. I like being free.”
The video has since been deleted.
Are the Tate Brothers Under Investigation for Trafficking?
In April 2022, the Romanian police launched an investigation into Tate after a young woman from the USA claimed that she had been kidnapped by the Tate brothers. The 21-year-old allegedly stated that she was approached on Facebook by Tristan Tate, who, after a short period of time, managed to convince her that he was in love with her and called her to come to Romania. Although she was involved in a relationship, the young woman accepted, and she bought a plane ticket.
Tristan Tate reportedly told her that if she left, he would find her wherever she was hiding and hurt her. Apparently, she sent a message to her boyfriend in America and told him that she was forcibly being kept in a house in Romania.
A Romanian news source claims investigators found webcam rooms on the property and discovered four women in total, two with the tattoo “Tate Property” on their body, at a rented property 500 meters from their villa. One woman from Romania also claimed that she was forcibly kept in Tate’s house during the raid.
Allegedly, prosecutors filed rape charges as the American woman claimed the men used force to participate in the webcam.
The Tate brothers claim they are innocent, and that the accusations of being sex traffickers come from people with “low IQs… who hate us.” The two men also claim to have been absolved of all the charges, stating that the fact that they are not in jail and free to travel is evidence of their innocence.
However, Andrew has been quoted on several occasions stating that he has enough power and enough money to tell the police and the government to “f*ck off.”
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There is a surprising lack of English news sources on the situation and the general narrative from both parties is full of holes.
A Legacy of Toxic Masculinity and Exploitation
Despite the unknown nature of these claims and the mystery surrounding the investigation, Andrew and Tristan Tate display a clear pattern of exploiting and objectifying women.
Andrew Tate’s deeply misogynistic comments about women are what really made him famous in the first place.
In an interview with Adin Ross on July 19, 2022, Tate compared his girlfriend being hit on by other men to a person trying to break into his locked car. In his interview, Andrew Tate dehumanized women by openly labeling his partners as property, and explained why he does not let his girlfriends go to the bar because that would be like “parking your car in a place where it can get stolen.“
In a 2014 interview with Love2Fight, Andrew told young aspiring fighters to “dump their girlfriends,” stating, “Why would you be with a woman who’s not a virgin anyway?… If you knew the things I do to girls and how their boyfriends ‘love’ them afterwards, you’d laugh.”
He continued, “She is used goods. Second hand.”
In December 2021, Andrew stated that women with a “lower body count” are easier to “contain and control.”
Is Andrew Tate Pimping on OnlyFans?
One of Andrew’s other businesses is described as OnlyFans management. He advertises a course on thecoursedL.com called OnlyFans Fortunes. For about $2000, customers will “learn how to make 10k a month with as little as 30 minutes of work per day. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a man looking to run an OnlyFans business, or a woman looking to make an easy 6 figure side business.”
The listing boasts reviews from men who state they got their girlfriends or female friends to work for them through OnlyFans and are now “making more than ever.”
On his website Cobratate.com, Andrew Tate advertises a myriad of courses like this one to “get connected, get money, get women and get fit.” While some of these courses have descriptions, one does not—the PHD program. The cover image is Andrew with three women. So what is this course actually about?
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Well after doing some digging, the course is listed on several other websites as “Make Millions With Internet Pimping” or “How to Make Money in the Webcam Industry.” The course claims to teach clients “very important and valuable lessons about retaining and obtaining women,” such as:
– How to convince girls to work for you.
– The best way to motivate women to make you rich.
– A full breakdown of how to earn 30k per month PROFIT from only 3 girls.
In his OnlyFans Fortune Course, Andrew states, “How can your girl leave you if you own all of her accounts? If you have all the login credentials? Forced pimping.” He also quotes Pimpin Ken, “A hoe without instruction is heading for self destruction” from the book, Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game.
PSA: “forced pimping” is trafficking.
So, Is Millionaire Andrew Tate a Sex Trafficker?
First off, it is important to note that a trafficker is not just someone who kidnaps women and sells them for sex online or through street prostitution. A trafficker is anyone who uses force, fraud, or coercion to obtain a commercial sex act.
If Andrew and Tristan Tate are doing any of these three things to get women to perform sex acts through the webcam business, then they, by definition, would be considered traffickers.
What we do know is that the brothers have a disturbing past in the way that they treat and talk about women. They seek out places which allow them to profit through avenues of corruption. They built their millions off the back of pimping women through a webcam scam. And now they teach other men how to do the same.
Want to learn more about the truth of the sex trafficking industry?
1. Watch our short animated video, The Key to Ending Sex Trafficking.
2. Watch Nefarious: Merchant of Souls for free on Youtube. This hard-hitting documentary exposes the nightmare experienced by millions daily, and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope.