Over 20 persons were arrested on Thursday after police officers conducted 21 searches in Bucharest, Ilfov, Iasi, Brasov and Salaj. The persons arrested are suspected of human trafficking after they recruited more than 120 Romanian citizens that ended up being used as slave labor in the EU.
According to Realitatea.net, investigators claim the leaders of the group – Stejarel Niculicea (53) and Gheorghe Caia (50) – had set up several companies that were recruiting labor force they were then sending to the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Germany and Cyprus. Although their activities appeared legal, the job openings were false. Over 120 victims were lured and exploited as slave labor, an Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation Department (DIICOT) communiqué shows. 22 persons charged with forming an organized crime group and human trafficking were about to be arraigned at the DIICOT headquarters in Iasi.