**After doing so much research about Romania's economy, reading about trafficking, and studying the mafia... I finally put it all together. It was staring me right in the face.
The Europeans--particularly the British and Americans--created the Romanian Mafia's trafficking business. They did so by placing these criminals directly in charge of the children's charities, which gave them unlimited power and business. They first developed branches in Moldova which in short order became a country renowned for trafficking children. While I can't be certain about this next part, the CARITAS situation (discussed in Part I and here), shows it's highly possible that the same mafia branch associated with the Vatican was the one training these guys in crime.
The European founders in turn got a steady supply of child porn, reliable access to children at home and abroad, and easy aid money raked in by using their position of authority and sterling reputation. The local mafia, in turn, went from being petty criminals to becoming filthy rich "made men" in an otherwise impoverished and employment-limited environment due to the economic crisis orchestrated by the same players running these organizations.
To create a legitimate front, the Trust used their "street children" program to traffick kids for begging/petty crimes in Italy (hence the proliferation of Romanian beggars in Italy, all of which are mafia controlled... now you know), a "group homes" program to create brothels, and "foster/adoption" programs to buy/steal/traffick women and children abroad. These were often with the parents, who went with them to Italy. Sometimes, European founders provided seemingly legitimate job opportunities from their recruiting firms. This allows the criminal traffickers to lure women into slavery under the pretense of a job.
The police officers and top government officials are bought off, made rich by other charity schemes that turned out to be a well-orchestrated pyramid scheme.
Once the aid money dries up, they leave the business to the "local partner" (criminals), who then run the "sister home." The foreign NGOs now have plausible deniability in wrongdoings should they occur, because they "pulled out" a long time ago "due to lack of ongoing funding." All problems get blamed on local "corruption" and "lack of funding." The Board then claims they are still involved, but only in "technical assistance."
I'm 100% confident in this interpretation. With this said, I'm going to go through a brief history of the mafia and 16 facts to make the above claim really ridiculously obvious. Then I'll give some first-hand accounts of trafficked/exploited women and children, so it can tie all of these activities together.
A brief history of the Romanian mafia:
Romania never had an organized crime group of international proportions until the 1990s. One of the earliest leaders of the child trafficking/prostitution rings is the Camataru clan. Prior to the Romanian Revolution, the now-mafia head Ion Balint was in prison for petty crimes of burglary. It was Ion Ilescu--the guy who performed the Western-backed coup against the former ruler--who released prisoners out onto the streets as an act of pardon. This release made it exceptionally easy to figure out who exactly to put in charge of a bourgeoning trafficking enterprise. In addition, Ilescu's 1990 decree to release these prisoners freakishly coincided with the French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas's meeting to discuss a "development bank" and "health related programs", on which he failed to elaborate when asked by the press.
Thus, I'm pretty sure these operations were devised and carried out by supremely powerful people in Romania and the high-ranking officials in places like France, the UK, and Germany. With the prison population newly-released, and a new president who could write history how he saw fit, several of these criminals were likely put in charge to manage important positions in the country.
If you think I'm cherry-picking selective facts, read the articles yourself. Study Romania, study the trafficking history here, read the annual reports. Study the directors and the politicians. It's all there. I'm picking out the most relevant facts for easier digestion, and for the sake of brevity, not because I ignored all which didn't support my conclusion.
So now I'll give the 18 main facts to support this narrative. Unless specifically noted, I've kept the time lines congruent.
Fact: The Romanian Orphanage Trust (and other aid organizations) developed working partnerships in the same countries as the Mafia's. This occurred along an identical timeline and in identical cities.
Trust activities: the Trust began a partnership between their UK cities for know-how, and between Moldova and Romania for a "partnership" in 1995 related to the children's homes in Moldova.
Mafia activities: "Since the 1990s the Camataru clan had been building up an extensive prostitution operation. The clan's prostitutes, many from Moldavia, were packaged off in flats all over Bucharest." The article states that under the communist regime, these guys were only involved in petty theft.
Analysis: Again, "flats all over Bucharest" can easily be disguised as the "decentralized group home"-plan promoted by the Trust.
Fact: The Romanian Orphanage Trust expanded its employees' ties to Piemonte, Italy starting in the mid-90s... which is the same place (Turin) and timeframe (mid-90s) as the Romanian mafia's inception. Italian prosecutors describe the mafia's presence as unexpected and inorganic.
Trust Activities: The Ecos-Ouverture programme consists of a network to assist the local, regional, and city authorities in the EU to establish contact and to develop co-operation with their counterparts in Central and Eastern Europe.
Mafia Activities: (Italian prosecutor speaking regarding the Romanian mafia's unexpected presence in Piemonte) "Due to the language and cultural barriers, the local authorities are, at first, baffled by what is going on."
Analysis: the Northern Italian mafia was okay with their presence and training them in crimes because, as this article says, "The Italian criminal organizations allowed these foreigners to do certain activities in which they have no further interest."
Fact: The Romanian Orphanage Trust expanded its employees' ties to Greece as well. This is the same time and place as the Romanian mafia's foray into trafficking Moldovans to Greece.
Trust Activities: "A unique feature of this Trust's UK organization is the partnership with European NGOs and local authorities which supports our Specialist program.Under this arrangement, experienced mid-career professionals are given a leave of absence for up to a year to work as a Specialist in Romania. This program started in '93 with Strathclyde Regional Council and has been extended to the County Council of Devon, the region of Piedmonte in Italy, and the National Welfare Organization of Greece." (95-96 audit)
Mafia Activities: Project echo Greece report states, "Areas of Action" (related to drugs and trafficking)--"Romanian: thefts and trafficking in human beings. Important to point out: Moldovans about human trafficking aimed to sexual exploitation."
*Note: At this point in history circa 2000, the Romanian mafia nor the Trust had significant cross-partnerships anywhere else other than Italy and Greece. However, other foreign NGOs may have had them "collaborating" in countries like France and Spain.