A child trafficking network was dismantled in Chisinau. The network’s clients included a Bucharest-based American citizen, a British railway plant executive and even an EU Finance secretary, Nick Georgiadis. According to “Jurnalul National”, in March, the Chisinau Police and Prosecutor’s Office announced they had managed to dismantle a child trafficking and paedophile network and had arrested the ringleaders. Under the cover of organizing trips to Moldova, including the Trandnestr region, and to Ukraine, in Odessa, the network was in fact peddling underage boys to foreign clients for sex.
However, the “business” was taken over by one of the former victims who, in order to resume ties with the clients, offered discounts. Split in two, the network operates in Chisinau and Tiraspol. According to the aforementioned source, two undercover journalists from Chisinau and Iasi were able to rent a 15-year-old boy for one night for a mere EUR 55.
Misa, the leader of the network, a former paedophile abuse victim, told the journalists he had rendered sexual favours for foreigners and his clients included the Greek Nick Georgiadis.
“I went to his place to give him a shanghai massage, but he took advantage of me while I was sleeping,” Misa stated. To spend a night with Misa, 16 at the time, the high-ranking EU official allegedly paid him MDL 400 (approx. EUR 25).
It appears the new network leaders are still recruiting victims and seeking new clients via the social media.