He’s murdered one woman (Stephany Flores) and more than likely got away with the killing of another (Natalee Holloway). Now, Joran van der Sloot is back in the news … for alleged sexual trafficking of underage Thai girls. Oh, and two of them are missing.
From The Daily Beast:
As Joran van der Sloot waits in a Peruvian jail to be tried for the murder of Stephany Flores, it increasingly appears that a highly disturbed young man was allowed to rampage freely for years.
New revelations indicate that the list of missing women linked to the 22-year-old Dutchman may grow even longer, all because Aruban police failed to imprison him five years ago. Not long after Van der Sloot narrowly escaped prosecution for the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba on May 30, 2005, he headed home to Holland to finish his studies. He had served three months in Aruban jail after Holloway disappeared, but was released that September due to lack of evidence. Back in Holland, he took a few classes, but spent most of his time gambling in the casinos and smoking pot in coffee bars.
You know, I understand the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” as well as anyone (and better than some). However, van der Sloot’s obvious sketchiness was evident from the moment he was detained in connection with Holloway’s disappearance. Someone should have kept a better eye on him.
To wit, I was driving down the road one day minding my own business when a town cop pulled out behind me, flashed the blues, and pulled me over. He came over to the car, said, “Oh, okay, you’re a girl,” then turned to walk away. Needless to say, I was a little freaked out, so I asked for clarification on why the fact that I was female evidently negated the need for me to be pulled over. Turns out my car registration was flagged because my ex-husband’s name was on the registration and he had been caught driving—drunk—without a license. The cop just had to check to make sure that the person driving the car was not my ex-husband.
If, in America, they can keep close tabs on a fucking car to make sure that a drunk driver isn’t running amok on the roads, it stands to reason that an obviously dangerous man like Joran van der Sloot could have been monitored. Evidently not … instead, he was given free reign to leave his cannabis, coffee, and casino life at will to head to Thailand and wreak further havoc.
In Holland, he met up with an old friend who had just returned from Thailand with a string of exotic dancers. The friend was netting $13,000 in cash for each woman he brought into a Dutch prostitution ring. Van der Sloot, a born risk-taker, wanted in on the action, and his friend quickly set him up with the Dutch pimp.
Van der Sloot told his parents that he wanted to go to Thailand to study and make a fresh start in a country where no one would have ever heard of him or Natalee Holloway. But what he really wanted to do was cash in on the country’s lucrative sex trade. He enrolled in Rangsit University as a cover, got a student visa, and took on an assumed name. By day, he would play the role of a student. By night, he would be Murphy Jenkins, owner of DD Consulting, which he would describe as a modeling agency specializing in placing strippers in Holland’s better clubs. He even had business cards with a Dutch telephone number printed up.
Okay, prime suspect in a pretty shocking disappearance. Fake name, totally fabricated identity. And nobody kept track? Crazy!
So van der Sloot started recruiting exotic dancers from Thailand with the intent of working them as prostitutes instead. And received somewhere in the area of $13,000 for each of them. What a gem. Karma’s a bitch, though, Joran van der Sloot.
The scheme was going swimmingly until Van der Sloot’s chief nemesis, Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. De Vries, caught him on hidden camera with a hotel room full of underage women. Van der Sloot can be heard offering them “$15,000 to shake your ass.” The women, of course, would never see that money. A few months after De Vries’ exposé, Dutch authorities started investigating Van der Sloot for human trafficking but never charged him. Now, revelations that two young Thai sex workers who appear on that video are missing have prompted Thai police to open an investigation. They have officially requested access to Van der Sloot in Peru.
Van der Sloot’s days of treating women badly (to say the least) are over. Despite the bumbling of the authorities that gave him carte blanche to abuse, exploit, and murder women at will, he’s in jail now. He’s not going anywhere.
But how many more Joran van der Sloots are walking the earth?