| Some things never change, including the lack of safety
for American women in Aruba. Robyn Gardner of Maryland is missing, and presumed
dead from the same beach Natalee Holloway went missing from. Boycott Watch was
the absolute leading
authority in reporting the Aruba boycott related to the Natalee Holloway
disappearance and murder, and this case screams parallels.
For starters, police in Aruba have suspended the
investigation for a "lack of evidence" after about 24 hours. Does
that sound familiar? It should, because that is exactly what happened in the
Natalee Holloway case. In other countries, police would investigate to try and
find evidence for days so the leads do no go cold, but in Aruba, the interest
is to get past any bad news, not caring about the actual crime victims.
Granted, Joran Van Der Sloot is in jail in Peru, but the
underlying problems in Aruba have not changed. As Boycott Watch has
reported, Aruba is a cesspool of rampant drug use and the police don't
care. People go to Aruba to, among other things, engage in drug use because the
most they will get is a slap on the wrist fine from judges who know the nation
wants tourists to come back often since tourism is their primary industry. The
Aruban economy can't afford to upset any tourists, especially after the boycott
which hurt their economy to the point where
casinos and at least one
hotel had to close.
The fact is, drugs are easily obtainable in Aruba and Boycott
Watch believes it played a role in Natalee Holloway's murder. Mix shallow
respirations with disorientation from drug use then couple that with snorkeling
in the ocean and you have a recipe for disaster. Boycott Watch is not accusing
anyone of drug usage, but knowing how Aruba operates, we would simply not be
surprised, and we even expect it.
Additionally, Aruban police are incompetent at best. They
botched the Natalee Holoway case because they did not care. Making tourists
happy continues to be more important to them, and they did not care about how
poorly they treated Beth Holloway, Natalee's mother, either. Boycott Watch even
reported how the Aruban
police even left an extension ladder inside a prison; allowing a
double-murderer to escape. If that is not gross incompetence, it is
certainly gross negligence. Take your pick.
At one point, Aruba re-opened the Natalee Holloway
investigation because of the boycott pressure and Boycott Watch reporting in
particular, proving they care more about tourism dollars than the tourists.
Meanwhile, locals continue pimping for tourists, including under-age girls -
reports indicate it still goes on in hotel lobbies and Aruba bars where
underage drinking is still the norm.
Boycott Watch has lots of questions for the Aruba
authorities. They read this site and we are putting Aruba on notice: Boycott
Watch is monitoring this case so you better do the right thing this time.