Saturday, June 05, 2010

Vandersloot aka Van der Sloot

On the same day Joran Vandersloot aka Van der Sloot was shipped back to Peru to face murder charges there*, came word he allegedly extorted Natalee Holloway's family.

*21-year-old Stephany Flores was found dead of a broken neck in his Lima hotel room

I've been following this case for years. It's a disturbing scenario: a young girl just finishing high school vanishes while on vacation with classmates. Natalee Holloway of Mountain Brook, Alabama, was last seen leaving a bar with the three men on May 30, 2005, hours before she was scheduled to board a plane home with high school classmates celebrating their graduation.

Reporter Peter De Vries has made a second hidden-camera expose on the Dutch student - "playboy" Van der Sloot, who was believed to be with Natalee Holloway just before she vanished. Other reports link Vandersnoot to Thai sex trafficking!

Back in 2005 there were rumours circulating that Natalee Holloway had been SOLD into slavery. Could it be that she is still alive, being held captive somewhere? Could the law have moved to arrest Slooty BEFORE the Peru slaying? Rumour has it Joran's favorite tune is "Live and Let Die"!!!!

Will The Natalee Holloway Disappearance Ever Be Solved?

(2007:::Radio Netherlands) The Hague - Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the case of missing American student Natalee Holloway, is to be flown to the Caribbean island of Aruba today - the scene of Ms Holloway's disappearance. Mr Van der Sloot was detained at his home in the Netherlands on Wednesday because of new evidence in the case. Two Surinamese brothers who were friends of Mr Van der Sloot have also been arrested on Aruba, which has an autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported in 07 that additional evidence came from "recently monitored telephone calls between the three suspects, the last people known to have seen Natalee Holloway before she went missing"... Her disappearance received major media coverage in the United States, amid angry accusations that the Aruban authorities have not been doing enough to solve the case.

Later, Holloway's dad re-launched a search for her body in waters off Aruba. More...

The Natalee Holloway Timeline : - Detailing Persons, Places, Outright Lies, & her Known Kidnapping, Rape, Murder, & Corpse Disposal Suspects in Aruba.

Now read on

Somaly Mam (1970 Mondolkiri) native from the ethnic minority Phnong, of Cambodia, was sold as a slave various times and obligated to be a prostitute. During the regimen of Jermeres Rojos, she lived in the forest. In the 80’s she was trained to be a midwife and she worked, for two years, in very dangerous areas due to the war.

In 1991, she was able to escape the brothels of Phnon Penh and began to work, voluntarily, helping women from the brothels. She got married, and in 1993 she went to France, where she studied the French language.

In 1995 she returned to her country on a mission of Medicos sin Fronteras working on campaigns for AIDS prevention in high risk groups, focusing her work on the lifestyles and working conditions of sexually exploited girls. The following year, she founded (and has since presided) the association AFESIP “Acting for Women in Distressing Situations”. In 1997, she was named the Vice President first, and then President, of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution And Trafficking) in Cambodia. After an intense fight against prostitution, in 1998 she was forced to move to France, due to the death threats that she constantly received, and from there she continued to develop her fight “against modern slavery”.

That same year she received the Principe de Asturias Award for International Cooperation, together with Rigoberta Menchú, Graça Machel-Mandela, Fatiha Budiaf, Fatana Ishaq Gailani, Olayinka Koso-Thomas and Enma Bonino. In 1999 she was elected to be the President of the Confederation of Women’s Organizations in the region of ASEAN.

Despite the death threats, she returned to Cambodia, where she currently lives with her husband and children, to continue in her fight against the sexual exploitation of women and children.

Somaly Mam, right, and a girl she saved from sexual slavery accept an award at the 2006 Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York, Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. Somaly Mam was among the honorees at the 17th annual awards presentation that honors extraordinary and inspirational women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Somaly Mam works hard to cope with her past. In her childhood, she experienced rape, torture, and violence. With her husband Pierre Legros, she founded the AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire) NGO in 1997 in Cambodia where trafficking in persons is one of the most serious issues. In October 2006, as a Cambodian human rights activist who has rescued 3-Thousand women and girls from sexual slavery, the 35-year-old was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year at a presentation at Carnegie Hall in New York City:
The night belonged to the women, and despite a State of the Union–worthy number of standing ovations, no one owned the audience — the top two tiers of which were filled with hysteria-prone girls from local high schools — like Latifah. Catherine Zeta-Jones introduced her friend Queenie (cue screams from the rafters) in possibly the showiest, most dramatic reading of a TelePrompTer we've ever witnessed. "Aw, that's so nice of Catherine," said Latifah when she took the stage. "I didn't have to pay her but a hundred bucks to do that." Then she thanked her sick-and-stuck-at-home mom "who taught me that every girl is a queen," pledged $150,000 to Somaly Mam's efforts, and led the girls in a chant: "I can … do anything … If I believe … in myself!" The chorus of squeals went supersonic. We covered our ears. And then we cried... (more)
‘Details are Sketchy,’ a blog about all things Cambodia, has several links to weblog posts on news on the campaigner against human trafficking.
Without a doubt, if somewhat belatedly, a huge congratulations goes to Somaly Mam, co-founder of the NGO Afesip, who was recently awarded the title of Women of the Year by Glamour magazine.
And UK-blogger Andy Brouwer, who writes about prominent figures of Cambodia at Andy’s Open Door, wrote a post titlted ‘Recognition for Somaly Mam‘. Excerpt:
I desperately want to get hold of her book released earlier this year but its not been published in English so far. The latest news is that Somaly Mam was yesterday awarded a prestigious Woman of the Year Award by the US magazine Glamour at a ceremony in New York. The statement from Glamour reads: "Somaly Mam is an inspiration to women around the world. She overcame horrific childhood abuse and has devoted her life to rescuing other girls from similar fates. She's bringing the issue of sexual slavery to the attention of the world, thus giving the hundreds of thousands of children who are currently enslaved in brothels a real shot at a better life." Deserved praise and a deserved award, which is given each year to 'gutsy female leaders in their field who inspire us all'.
See Also: Global diary...Cambodia :, KI Media: Photos of Somaly Mam during the 2006 Glamour Magazine ..., Somaly Mam: A Message of Peace, A Life in the Day: Somaly Mam - Sunday Times - Times Online

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