Ombudsman notifies over alleged child trafficking in state orphanages

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The Romanian Ombudsman started an investigation in several orphanages in the country related to the child trafficking suspicions brought into the limelight by the Labour minister Dragos Pislaru.

“The Ombudsman was notified ex-officio and started an investigation across the state institutions targeted by the Labour minister’s statements under suspicion of child trafficking in southern country,” reads an Ombudsman press release.

Labour minister Dragos Pislaru on Sunday told a TV show that there are suspicions of child trafficking in the orphanages in southern Romania and that there are ongoing investigations to clear up these suspicions. Pislaru also said that the ministry had received this information from the intelligence services.

“Unfortunately there are several cases in southeastern country with suspicions of human trafficking and prostitution related to state foster homes. There are several institutions, at least 4 or 5 of them where investigations are under way,” the Labour minister said.

A day after his statements, the minister went to the DIICOT headquarters and had a working meeting with organized crime chief prosecutor Daniel Horodniceanu.

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