In addition, Romania does not have laws against the creation of child porn, stating that an adult's behavior is "grooming" only if it involves penetration. The country criminalizes child porn if it is stored on computer systems... but not transmission. The country also does not keep a central database tracking offences and persons, despite the report also stating, "Romania is a well-established destination country for child sex tourists."
Oh. One more thing. Romania's law enforcement officials training is "conducted in collaboration with European and International partners."
Story 9: From the documentary, "Cutting Edge: Child Sex Trade," year 2002
"Laurencio says he started going with boys at the age of 12, just before he tried to set himself on fire. He says there are dozens of Western pedophiles in Bucharest. American, German, Dutch, and British. Like Tom. My plan is to track them down and identify them. And to find what happens to the kids who have been trafficked abroad."
"These kids [beggar kids who sniff glue in the metro station] have many stories of the foreigners. "There are many pedophiles in Bucharest. Not only English but also Romanian. I've heard of foreigners who took two kids and transported them abroad [girls too]. Italy France America Spain. They say the foreigners come at night and pick them up in cars. The crews in their area are above ground, just off University Square. [describes foreigner driving up, saying his friend told him about the fact he's a prostitute, and that they, foreigners, "all know each other."
One day, there's a new face among the gang. He's called George. I've been told he knows Tom the English man. Surprisingly, George speaks English. "I learned a lot with Tom. (Made pictures for this site)." "What's on this site?" "Pictures. Pictures with young boys. Naked. Jerking. There are pictures of me also." Tom picked up George two years ago (2005), when he was 17 and paid him. Tom runs sex tours for Westerners and advertises them on his website. "I think Tom sends pictures of them and says, "we'll send you this one for this day. If you come here every week you can have a different one for this day."
[(2000 return of European Children's Trust): "Experienced mid-career professionals are given absence for up to a year to work as Specialists in the region. In addition, study tours in participating countries by social sector professionals are supported."]
"I spend weeks with the kids now. They've told me many stories of child sex trafficking. Lots of kids are being taken abroad, not just by foreigners but by Romanians. Christina is 18 now. When she was 14, she was trafficked to Italy... She was promised a proper job but when she arrived she was forced into prostitution." "There were many girls who were minors. 14,15,16. If they refused to do it the pimps threatened them, saying if you don't do it now we'll kill you tomorrow. And the girls stayed, out of fear."
"I decide to pursue the route that so many of them take, West, to Italy. Milan. The center is full of Romanians. Locals say child prostution goes on here but they can't tell me where. (He picks up a girl no older than 15 to talk to). Him: "Have you talked to small kids? Are they prostituted in this area?" "No, not in this area. They have their own area... but yes, there are people who prostitute kids." She says there's a camp full of Romanians in the city. I should ask there. (Asking kids at camp) "Have you heard of underage prostitution?" He's told to "come back in the night. Search on that street. In the evening." He picks up a 13-year-old who says to "talk to his father" about the exchange. (Father comes over, says he rented his son out to a Moroccan who slipped him sleeping pill... lost trust. Needs to eat. But no problem, take the son). "In all the years I never thought I'd find a man prostituting his own son. He shows me his son's card, issued by a local charity." "Is this when he's born? 23.10.88? And he's just 14. I get the impression that Dragosh worships his father and would do anything to please him. I want to know if there are other families pimping their children. One night, I'm offered a 16-year-old. "He's my cousin." Another night I find a boy of 10 with a gang of men. "He is my brother." The police come. They're not interested in pimps. They're looking for illegal immigrants. Of all the boys I met in Majore (Piemonte), they've all been pimped by their own family.
[Remember that an accountant for the Trust said they wanted petrol bills to be illegally reimbursed for many "unauthorized trips" and that collaboration with Piemonte]
I've been to see a local family that deals with underage prostitution. They can only help those who want to be helped. And the truth is, none of the kids I've met have said they wanted to leave their families.
Back to Bucharest to meet Tom. "We have a rich English man now, he can throw all of his money around." "How old is he?" "He's 16. I love him. Boys like that you can only dream about in England." Tom reveals how he first came here. As a charity worker. In an orphanage. "Remember all these orphanages, with all these kids in a really bad way? I met this Romanian boy in this village, God, he was the most beautiful thing I'd seen in my life." He gets down to business... "Technically it's not legal if you introduce them for money, money is not legal. So you give them presents. They are your friends and you give them presents. So if the law stops you, plead ignorance.
Tom opens up about his business. He's sending Florin abroad, to his rich Western clients. "He's going to Holland first, then straight to Germany." Tom describes some of his Western clients: "German friends, one's an architect. Detlef is his name. The other is a judge. A fucking judge. A top judge." (back with Florin, asking about how he'll get to Germany) Children abroad can't travel without their parents' consent. "You have passports, tickets?" Yes, "Detlef paid. My mother. He has helped mother. Give me money for everything. Because not have much money, mother." They [parents] have signed an agreement allowing him to sign an agreement allowing him to travel abroad.
"Now in the summer there are even more sex tourists. Lorenzo points one out. Children are still for sale in University square. Tom is now available in Britain. We give all of our evidence to the police.
(note: no news of arrest to date)