Blind Justice for Romania’s Trafficked Roma Children

Ani Sandu Tandarei, Targu Mures, Bucharest, London

Romanian prosecutors thought they had an open-and-shut case against the alleged leaders of one of Europe’s largest child trafficking rings. After almost a decade, why has no one been convicted?

Children play on an inflatable slide at the annual fair in Tandarei. Photo: Andrei Pungovschi

On a balmy spring morning in the central Romanian town of Targu Mures, a grandfatherly man enters room 52 of the court of appeal, the heels of his dress shoes clacking on the parquet.

Wearing a navy, plaid blazer and cream-coloured trousers, with a white beret in hand, he chooses an empty bench at the back. As he waits for his hearing to begin, he strokes his chin and sizes up the two judges in front.

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