Holloway suspect involved in Thai sex trade

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The chief suspect in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance, Joran van der Sloot, has been caught on film trying to recruit Thai girls to work in the sex industry in Europe.

10 November 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The main suspect in the case of disappeared US teenager Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot, has been filmed in Bangkok where he was allegedly recruiting Thai girls to work in the sex industry in Europe.

In Sunday night’s show on a Dutch commercial television channel, SBS6, Van der Sloot and another man were seen posing as Dutch sex industry entrepreneurs and telling Thai girls he could get work for them in the Netherlands on false documents.

The images were filmed secretly shot by crime reporter Peter de Vries and showed van der Sloot as accepting a EUR 1,000 advance payment for his services.

Independent lawyer JP Plasman says that by receiving the money van der Sloot has committed a punishable offence.

Judicial authorities in Thailand have requested copies of the TV images broadcast.

Van der Sloot is believed to have fled to avoid arrest by the Thai authorities, using the alias "Murphy Jenkins". He has not been seen since leaving a party in Bangkok on Friday evening.

A Dutch eye-witness claims he saw van der Sloot on an internal flight to the island of Koh Samui.

Not convicted for Holloway case
Natalee Holloway disappeared in May 2005 while on a holiday on the Netherlands Antilles island of Aruba, after spending a drunken night on the beach with van der Sloot. Her body was never found.

On an earlier hidden camera footage produced by Peter de Vries, Van der Sloot admitted he knew how Holloway disappeared.

The court does not feel that Van der Sloot's confession caught on film is enough to have him arrested again and were unable to declare him guilty.

New witness in Holloway case
Crime reporter De Vries has produced a new witness in the Holloway case, a girlfriend of van der Sloot, identified only as Celes. Press reports say that van der Sloot told her: "who knows, you may now be on the beach with someone who is able to get rid of a corpse."

According to judicial psychologist Harald Merkelbach, who has seen both the earlier and recent footage, Joran van der Sloot believes he is invulnerable. "He sees people as objects." The psychologist said he was "a young man with many defects".

New TV documentary on Holloway
Antillean film maker Renée Gielen has produced a television documentary about the Natalee Holloway case. She says that unlike Peter de Vries, she is less interested in Joran van der Sloot.

"I'd rather focus on aspects that others have ignored."

Speaking in Oranjestad, Curaçao, Gielen accuses the Dutch press of blindly following the lead of US journalists after Holloway's disappearance. "Nobody really investigated the Holloway family. Nobody published anything about a special medical flight from the US to Aruba, immediately after Natalee went missing. Neither the plane crew, nor local authorities were informed about the flight, which probably carried Ms Holloway's mother Beth."

The documentary, entitled The Unrevealed Timelines, will be shown on television channels on the Netherlands Antilles and will be released on DVD.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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