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May 17, 2021

Labour Minister summoned at DIICOT for investigation in case concerning orphanages

On Monday, Labour Minister Dragos Pislaru was present at the central headquarters of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). He was summoned after he had publicly said that there are orphanages in south-eastern Romania where it is believed child trafficking took place and a prostitution network is allegedly operating there.

DIICOT officials pointed out that the minister’s presence at the institution’s headquarters was “a working meeting” and that he was not heard.

On Sunday, the Labour Minister had talked about several minors chained up, beaten, starved and forced to work in illegal logging in Berevoiesti. He pointed out that these cases are not unique, with just the form of abuse differing.

“Unfortunately, I still have some cases in the south-eastern region of the country, where there are suspicions of human trafficking and prostitution in state orphanages. The information exists. We are talking about state institutions in which it is believed child trafficking took place,” Dragos Pislaru said on Sunday on Digi24.

In what concerns the children that were trafficked for prostitution, Pislaru said that investigations have started on the basis of information obtained from “relevant institutions.”

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