Today, Dutch News reported that
Aruba has lost tens of millions of dollars due to the Natalee Holloway inspired
boycott of Aruba.
report states: "The disappearance of American
teenager Natalee Holloway and the ensuing police investigation has cost the
former Dutch colony of Aruba tens of millions of dollars in lost income from
"The comment was made by
the island's prime minister Nelson Oduber on the Dutch tv current affairs show
Nova on Tuesday evening. Aruba's economy depends for 70% on US tourists, he
Boycott Watch has
that Aruba has been trying to cover up their tourism losses and we have little
confidence in their current projections of growth. At the moment, the family
vacationers are avoiding Aruba for the same reason Spring Breakers are going
there - Aruba looks the other way at underage drinking, rampant and easy access
to drugs and the lack of any real safety and police enforcement.
Aruba is popular for students on Spring Break
because they can get away with things they can't in the US, and not just the
alcohol and drugs - because Aruba is not part of the US, arrests made in Aruba
will never appear on the students criminal record in the US.
In a February 4, 2008, interview (See Below) with
Neil Cavuto on Your World on the Fox News Channel, Neil Cavuto asked Boycott
Watch President Fred Taub if he thinks Americans should vacation elsewhere, and
Fred Taub simply replied "Yes." Taub did not make any recommendations of where
to go in the interview, but notes that "this is a big world and there are lots
of places to vacation to."
Taub is formerly an
Emergency Medical Technician who volunteered at hundreds of special events and
has been in many life-saving situations. Taub has also assisted in teaching new
EMT's as well as proctored the skills exams of EMT candidates. Based on his
experience, he has a theory about the Holloway case based on the Peter R. De
Vries undercover investigation.
DISCLAIMER: The following
paragraph is strictly a theory and is graphic in nature.
Taub stated: "In the video, Van der Sloot stated Natalee was drunk. Van der
Sloot indicated Natalee probably passed out drunk, but to me, the convulsions
indicate drugs were involved. I used to be an EMT and although I have not dealt
with this exact situation, I have had the training and medics talk to each
other about cases. So, assuming that drugs were involved, I suspect Natalee was
alive and unconscious after the convulsions, but she was clearly in bad shape
medically. I think Van der Sloot raped Natalee which is why he wanted to make
her body vanish - there was probably bruising from the rape, and bruising can
only happen with a person who has blood circulating, meaning Natalee was alive.
So, I theorize the trauma of rape mixed with drugs and being drunk raised her
heartbeat, all contributing to a seizure. Again, that's just my theory, but
what I saw in the Peter R. De Vries undercover investigation leads me to
believe that Natalee was most probably alive at the time of she was dumped into
the ocean. Van der Sloot must have felt he needed to hide Natalee's body for
some reason, and to be that means her body was the crime scene, meaning she was
In the mean time, the IMF has warned Aruba
to diversify their economy because they are vulnerable to "outside forces"
which can only mean the boycott inspired by the disappearance of Natalee
Holloway. One look at blogs such as
Natalee indicates the boycott is going strong. The "tens of millions of
reported by Dutch News proves the boycott was working.
Considering all the recent news, especially the news of the effect of the
boycott on Aruba, the boycott against Aruba will continue indefinitely.