Monday, Thailand authorities confirmed that they will pursue criminal charges against Joran van der Sloot for his involvement in sex trafficking in Thailand, according to CBS News.
Joran van der Sloot is currently in a Peru jail for the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez in June. He also has US grand jury charges pending for extorting money from Natalee Holloway’s mother, Holloway is the missing Alabama teen that disappeared in Aruba in 2005. Holloway, 18, was last seen with van der Sloot.
After Holloway disappeared, van der Sloot flew to Bangkok and posed as a modeling agency consultant, according to the Enquirer. Some of the girls he spoke to have disappeared and were never found.
Thai authorities have not completed their investigation, but Harold Copus a former FBI agent said that van der Sloot was believed to have been a middle man in the sex trafficking charges. The Dr Phil show hired Copus to investigate the Holloway case.
“In the sex slave industry, the middle man would get a fee for getting the girls and moving them around,” said Copus.
Copus heard rumors that “girls were taken out of Aruba to be used in the sex trade,” he said. “There was supposedly a guy from Chicago there, a reputed mobster, who has been quoted as saying that a good [sex slave] is worth a quarter of a million dollars.”
“Usually they’ll dope the girls up so they have no concept of what they are doing,” Copus told AOL News and once the women aren’t useful, many times they are killed.
“There is another seedy business out there called the snuff trade, where they sell or trade recordings of actual murders,” he said. “That’s the final exploitation.”
Monday, Joran van der Sloot’s lawyer, Luz Marina Romero Chinchay told HLN that van der Sloot lied about several claims during the time she represented him. Romero said that she was hired by van der Sloot during his confession, after he refused a public defender and said he wanted a private attorney. According to Romero, she asked him if he wanted her and he said yes. She asked him about payment and he said his mother would pay. Now van der Sloot denies that he ever hired her. For more on that story, click here.
Joran van der Sloot’s lawyer told the judge that his rights were violated during his confession and after his arrest for the murder of Stefany Flores Ramirez. The judge ruled that van de Sloot’s rights were not violated and that his confession stands. For more on that story, click here.
The psychological report for Joran van der Sloot has been submitted to the court; it stated that he has is frustrated easily and “doesn’t value the female role.” The report also states that van der Sloot “does not tolerate when someone tries to contradict him. It generates in him a challenging attitude.” He is also called “emotionally immature,” and that he has strong changes in his behavior that make him lose control. For more on this story, click here.
To read the details of Van der Sloot’s graphic confession, click here.
To see a slideshow of photos of Van der Sloot, Stephany Flores Ramirez’ and Natalee Holloway, click here.
To read about the Natalee Holloway case, click here.
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Sources: AOL News, CBS News, and Enquirer
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