Boycott Watch  
June 3, 2010
Aruba Culpable in Peru Murder
Summary: Aruba needs to be on trial as an accessory in the case against Joran Van Der Sloot for the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez.
    Five years to the day after Natalee Holloway went missing, Joran Van Der Sloot, the person who made two confessions to the murder of Natalee Holloway has been charged with the murder of a 21 year old woman in Peru.

    The cases are nearly identical. Young women are missing after last being seen with Joran Van Der Sloot, and both were about his age at the times of their murders and from countries Van Der Sloot is not from. The difference is what happened after. Aruba swept the case under the rug while Interpol is now searching for Van Der Sloot.

    Aruba just wanted to case to go away, and the several articles Boycott Watch wrote about the case proves it. The Holloway case stayed in the news and despite two confessions, Aruba failed to prosecute Van Der Slot. Now, a young woman is dead in Peru and Boycott Watch blames Aruba for not doing their job and arresting Van Der Sloot after the confessions and putting him on trial to get to the truth of his confessions. Had Aruba acted responsibly, 21 year old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez of Peru may have been alive today.

    Boycott Watch has written extensively about the incompetence of Aruba, including how they left a 30 foot ladder inside a prison one night, allowing a double murderer to escape. Boycott Watch has also written about how Aruba is consciously allowing itself to be a haven for drug usage and underage drinking. Part of the Aruba's vacation destination appeal is that you do not get in legal trouble for underage drinking or drug usage, nor does it ever get on your American legal record. Aruba just wants tourism dollars at any cost, and that's what resulted in the murder of Natalee Holloway. Aruba just does not care. In fact, we have also written about how Aruba looks the other way when underage girls are targeted for statutory rape by Arubans hanging around hotel lobbies.

    Now it's Peru's turn to deal with Van Der Sloot, and they are taking action. They have issued an Interpol arrest warrant which means he is subject to arrest almost everywhere in the world. Unlike Aruba, however, Peru is not soft on crime, so you can expect a thorough investigation, arrest and prosecution, especially considering the backlash against Aruba for not prosecuting him for the murder of Natalee Holloway even after two confessions. Peru will not allow itself the same bad PR Aruba got for being corrupt.

    The question on everyone's minds is why did Joran Van Der Sloot go to Peru, and how is he able to afford hotel rooms and casino play with his lack of education and limited employment prospects? Boycott Watch sees the answer in what the CIA wrote about Peru: "until 1996 the world's largest coca leaf producer, Peru is now the world's second largest producer of coca leaf, though it lags far behind Colombia; cultivation of coca in Peru declined to 36,000 hectares in 2007; second largest producer of cocaine, estimated at 210 metric tons of potential pure cocaine in 2007; finished cocaine is shipped out from Pacific ports to the international drug market; increasing amounts of base and finished cocaine, however, are being moved to Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia for use in the Southern Cone or transshipment to Europe and Africa; increasing domestic drug consumption."

    Joran Van Der Sloot is unemployable. Respectable people do not want to take a chance on hiring him or being associated with him. Boycott Watch therefore believes Joran Van Der Sloot could have only made the money for his new hotel room and casino gambling lifestyle in Peru by engaging in illegal drug activity. Most importantly, had Aruba not bungled the case against Joran Van Der Sloot, Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez would be alive today. Aruba's incompetence and lack of real resolve to solve the murder of Natalee Hollow has resulted in Joran Van Der Sloot being free to murder again. Corrupt Aruban officials are therefore should be on trial as accessories in a trial of Joran Van Der Sloot for the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez.

    It is also time, therefore, for Aruba to come clean and admit they made serious mistakes. Aruba has been severely affected by the boycott against them because they have not only done nothing to solve the case, but have obstructed their own case.

    In December, 2009, Boycott Watch wrote about how Americans are still boycotting Aruba and how their hotels have had to close because of a lack of tourism. Americans no longer feel safe in Aruba, but some still go there for vacation for the easy access to drugs. As evidenced by our reports about American tourists refusing to get off cruise ships when docked in Aruba and how Aruba has bribed hotels to fake their hotel bookings, claiming to be booked when they were not .

    While Aruba may see the arrest and prosecution of Van Der Sloot as the salvation for their economy, they need to do a few more things. First, Aruba needs to admit they made mistakes in prosecution of the Natalee Holloway case and apologize to Beth Holloway and the entire Holloway family. Second, they need to finally establish a system of island security that acts to protect tourists. Third, they need to take a firm stance to no longer allow underage drinking, illicit drug usage and practice of locals seeking tourists, especially underage girls. If Aruba wants to recover from the murder of Natalee Holloway, they need to take action to first make then prove to the world that Aruba is safe for tourists, and not just give it lip service, something Boycott Watch broke as news.

    Boycott Watch knows Aruba reads our reports about them, and they have taken action based on the comments of Boycott Watch President Fred Taub, and not just the television appearances. Boycott Watch has some news for Aruba that the rest of the world already knows: Fire your PR agency. They failed you long ago.

Update and clarification:

   After we posted this report, Greta Van Susteren broke news on her show that Joran Van Der Sloot had extorted money from Beth Holloway for information about what happened to her daughter, Natalee. Boycott Watch had stated Joran Van Der Sloot was unemployable and therefore could have only made money via illegal means. We were right that illegal activity was involved. Greta Van Susteren reported Joran Van Der Sloot extorted $15,000 from Beth Holloway. Although a different illegal activity has come to light, we still suspect illegal drug activity may yet be discovered in this case because $15,000 is hardly enough for Van Der Sloot to make a living.

   Meanwhile, Greta Van Susteren reported the FBI had known about the extortion prior to the Peru murder, but had not acted upon it. Despite knowing of the crime, the FBI may not have issued an Interpol arrest warrant since that crime may not be strong enough to result in extradition, thus the FBI may have been waiting for Van Der Sloot to be in a location the FBI could have arrested him.

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