September 25, 2009


I'm posting your picture! SO SUE ME!

Michelle Says So:

I think this guy has balls as big as Joran's...who in the hell does this guy think he is by telling the press they can't use his picture when he is an escaped and wanted criminal? Someone please catch this monster who "owned" and trafficked over 100 women and spare us all by castrating him, locking him up and losing the key.

A dangerous criminal on the run after escaping from jail is going to sue the press for publishing his picture. The man's lawyer says the photograph published by Dutch media was taken during his client's wedding behind bars and can't be used as it is a private image.

The escape of the man, Saban Baran, who is routinely referred to in the press as a violent and dangerous criminal, caused nationwide consternation. Whilst serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence for his crimes, trafficking women and forcing them into prostitution, he was given weekend leave to visit his new born baby. During the visit he absconded and has not been seen since.

Saban married in prison with a former prostitute exploited by him. Police sources suggested to the Telegraaf daily that he married her with a view to getting out of prison.


Saban and his brother Hassan were found guilty last year of forcing over 100 women into prostitution. The women were branded with tattoos so everyone who laid eyes on them could see that they were "property of" the brothers. The men also hit the women with baseball bats and forced them to undergo breast enlargement operations.

Sylvia, one of Saban's victims, told RNW, "as soon as we received a customer, Saban or his brother would come inside to take the money, so that I could keep nothing for myself. If we didn't co-operate, they would use violence."

The photograph in question appeared across Dutch media in the immediate aftermath of Baran's escape. The man's lawyer Gerard Spong told the Spits newspaper that there was nothing unusual in his acting on his clients behalf, despite the fact he is on the run, in regard to the claim about publishing the photo.The criminal disappeared a week ago - police suspect he may well have returned to his native Turkey.

No home leave in future (How about NEVER?)

As a result of this case, judges will no longer be involved in decisions to allow prisoners out of jail on home leave. The Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin was called to the Lower House today to explain why Saban Baran was allowed out of prison on home leave in spite indications he may be planning to abscond.

The minister told parliament that responsibility for the release of Saban Baran lay first and foremost with the judge. Nevertheless, he thinks the Public Prosecution should have done more to prevent his release. In future it will be the prison governor who decides whether prisoners are entitled to compassionate leave, under direct responsibility of the justice minister. In response, a prison directors' association says, prison directors do not have enough time to consider whether or not prisoners are entitled to compassionate leave.

September 24, 2009



Michelle Says So:

Why would the government be reluctant to change the laws of prostitution in order to protect women and children? Could it be that these "legal" businesses give handouts to the politicians so change does not occur?

WILLEMSTAD — In reaction to the public canvassing of girls for the prostitution, the appeal sounds for the legal curbing of this line of business. Prostitution alone is not punishable in the Netherlands Antilles, when it regards adults (eighteen years and older).

‘The oldest profession of the world’ also keeps up with modern times.

An escort bureau has established itself on Curaçao, and presents itself, as well as canvasses for personnel via internet. In addition, the Amigoe was offered an advertisement for webcam girls at the end of last week. Although this was refused, the advertisement still made it in a morning newspaper the next day. “I am making an explicit appeal to the politics to now grab pen and paper to have the law amended”, says the director or Social Development, Keith Carlo, former-chairman of the Child Welfare and fervid adherent of female and child rights.

“Members of parliament should consider not issuing any more permits to escort bureaus. The law should be amended accordingly.”Lawyer Berry Scheperboer also pleads for an amendment of the law. He is of the opinion that a whole lot can be done, but that the political will is lacking. “The ‘legislator should act immediately’, if this is to be tackled”, said the lawyer, as it is now a ‘free for all’.

“We have never had any problems with prostitution as we never departed from the viewpoint that females and children were objects worthy of protection”, according to the lawyer. “It concerns money and not love; the right of the strongest applies.”“If the government states that it cannot do anything, they are right, but they are legislator and they are capable of changing the legislation. Regulations should be implemented that can be enforced appropriately.”

As long as the government stands aloof, they are an accessory to these practices, according to Scheperboer.

The younger, the better

Basically the proprietors make use of the poverty, which many people, in particular females, contend with on the island. “One third of the population lives under the poverty line. The risk exists that families contending with poverty will exploit their girls to earn money.” He considers it ‘clever’ that they are on the lookout for adults. “Who checks whether this girl (or boy, as this often occurs as well) is fifteen or sixteen year of age; or is it simply the younger, the better.”

For that matter, from the language used in the advertisement for webcam girls, it appears to be directed towards girls rather than mature females: “Are you 18 years or older and not shy? Would you like to have a sideline and flexible working hours? Present yourself for the information gathering. It is perfectly alright to take a girlfriend with you.”


In addition to an amendment of the law, Carlo is of the opinion that the government should initiate an awareness campaign. “For example: Don’t let this fool or entice you.”

Deputy Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé (PAR) is in favor of that idea: “We cannot forbid it, and therefore not intervene in the business itself. However, we could warn the population and introduce educative programs. That is an important task for the government, to rear the community to obstruct this matter within their own circles.”The island service Culture and Education will make sure that the activities regarding this area will be well monitored.

Responsible deputy Alcalá-Wallé admits that with the arrival of the new technologies, such as internet, it will become more difficult to keep an eye on all of this. “I am aware that this is developing very quickly, but also the latest developments require contra-developments.”


It is common knowledge that prostitutes are active on Curaçao – Campo Alegre is the widely known example, but there is also prostitution on the outside. In the past but also nowadays, there are various escort bureaus, which simply make telephonic arrangements for their services aboard pleasure yachts. As far as we are aware, it is new that an escort bureau offers its services locally through the internet.

On the website, Relax Escort Services promises discretion and high quality. The bureau is also interested in employing males and females up to fifty years of age and weighing up to 90 kilos. By the way, these are called ‘models’, and the escort bureau therefore offers ‘dates’.

The website ( states that the models and escorts are not prostitutes and therefore do not accept any compensation in whatever form for sexual activities or sexual contact. “Every amount received by their staff or bureau is only meant for the time spent with the model, or the modeling time for the client”, the bureau emphasizes. The prices start at 175 dollars for a topless body rub (non-therapeutic, according to the website.

The offered package is legion. The bureau offers strippers (male & female), dinner dates, and entertainment for couples, and two or more girls. It is even possible to take an escort on holidays. The hourly rate for an escort is 300 dollars.

September 23, 2009


If you are reading this blog, I am assuming most of you have seen this 20/20 documentary done in 2008 where hidden cameras caught Joran van der Sloot speaking "the truth" to undercover rogue, Patrick van der Eem.

For those of you who missed this, check it out:

February 5, 2008

September 17, 2009



MPs have demanded justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin explain how a convicted and violent human trafficker came to be given a few days leave from prison and then vanished.

Ernst Hirsch Ballin

Saban Baran is currently appealing against a 7.5 year jail sentence for forcing over 100 women into prostitution, together with his brother.

Baran had been allowed home to visit his new baby, born to one of his trafficking victims whom he married from jail in January.

According to the Telegraaf, the Arnhem court gave the go-ahead to the compassionate leave (Compassionate leave??? What about the compassion to the 100 women he victimized? The Dutch need to get with the program, or I'll make sure that Secretary of State, Hillary Rodman Clinton puts the Netherlands on notice!), despite the objections of the public prosecution department, which said he was a flight risk and that it had been tipped off he was making travel plans.

Police say they expect Baran has fled to Turkey and an international arrest warrant has been issued. The Netherlands does not have an extradition treaty with Turkey.

Michelle Says So: Well citizens of Turkey, keep an eye out for this monster. The Turkish government could have extradited him, but it's obvious their laws and attitudes are not in the best interest of their people, and are not fit for any human being to live under. He is in your hands threatening the safety of your citizens. SHAME ON YOU. Maybe he's hanging out with Joran van der Sloot now, the professional pimp. Bastards!

September 15, 2009



Sure, this is in Bonaire, and not Aruba, but it is part of the Netherland Antilles, which most likely means that others in the area do or have done the same things.

Yes, we have corruption in our own country (as many people love to argue with me), but this isn't about the United States. It's about Aruba and The Netherland Antilles, and it just goes to show how shady and conspiratorial they are...all the while calling themselves the "best" in the Carribean. What a load of crock this is.

MAYBE these people's actions will set an example for other wrong-doers. But probably not...

KRALENDIJK — Former minister and deputy Burney El Hage (UPB) ìs a suspect in the investigation on fraud, laundering, gold smuggling, and international drug trade, according to the ‘order for house search’ of which the Amigoe came into possession.

Burney El Hage

In the ‘order for house search’ of the Court in First Instance, El Hage is mentioned as suspect just like Willem van Wijngaarden, and Albert de Groof who have both been apprehended; the latter has been transferred to Curaçao. Van Wijngaarden’s wife, Yvonne de Vries, is also mentioned as suspect in the order. El Hage and De Vries have not been apprehended.

Deza (Directorate Economical- and Labor-Affairs) are also mentioned in the aforementioned order as a location, which required searching. Various sources have confirmed the authenticity of the document.

The Public Prosecutor (OM) of the Netherlands Antilles is not revealing anything about the investigation (Surprise, surprise...). The order for house search does not state what these persons are being suspected of. However, there is a list summarizing the documents and administration, which were to be confiscated from a number of companies and real estate- and development projects.

The companies from which the administration should be confiscated according to the order are Questron, Independium Trust, Emphora Fisheries, Struijk Overzee, Kaya Grandi Corporate Service, Bonaire Precious Metal & Minerals, and Bonaire Precious Metals Refinery. Justice requested the Board of Governors to hand over the administration on the issuance of ground leases, as well as minutes of meetings, reports, and conversation notations as of January 2006.

In addition, all administration regarding the Blue Lagoon-project must be confiscated, according to the order, as well as data on a number of properties in Nikiboko and Sabadeco.

In the framework of the (international) investigation, eighteen house searches were carried out on Bonaire last week Tuesday and another four the day after. A house search was also carried out at the residence of UPB party-leader Ramonsito Booi, in addition to the house searches at the residences of El Hage and Van Wijngaarden. Booi’s name does appear on the order, but he is not considered a suspect. The 39-year old Anthony Marsera is the main suspect in the investigation and was apprehended on Bonaire last Tuesday.

September 12, 2009


With all the political hostility towards the Dutch going on in Aruba, and considering how many Dutch were/are involved in desecrating the island of Aruba because of the Natalee Holloway cover-up, it is about time Aruba takes notice and sets some standards.


ORANJESTAD — Since the end of last month, there is considerable unrest among the European Dutch citizens after the immigration refused them entry onto the island. It concerns Dutch citizens who have exceeded the maximum stay of 180 days per calendar year.

This never occurred before.

Since the implementation of the new computer system, the immigration can simply keep track of how long the Dutch citizens stay on the island.

Those exceeding the 180 days will therefore be expelled.

Another problem is the lack of clarity on the residence regulation. In the Immigration Policy for Foreigners, it states that European Dutch citizens may stay on the island for 180 consecutive days per calendar year. The regulation that was employed, was that someone was allowed to stay on Aruba for a maximum of 180 days, and subsequently had to leave the island for thirty days, and return afterwards – without any problem at all – to stay another 180 days on Aruba. This has been changed recently, the immigration organization of the government, Dimas, finally admits.

In first instance, a co-worker of Dimas stated that the rule of 180 days on Aruba, and thirty days off, was still in force. The supervisor of the immigration department at the airport is contradicting this message. He argues that a European Dutch citizen is allowed to stay for 180 days per twelve months. “That has always been the case, but nobody ever checked it.”

The supervisor continues, “Before the new computer system, we had to count the days with the help of the stamps in the passports. This was not done. Now we have a new system which makes this control easier.”

After 1½ week, Dimas is finally capable of providing clarity. According to adjunct director Ayesha Staring-Engelbrecht, it is indeed since recently that the immigration has been counting the number of days that person had been on the island. “No one without a permit may stay on the island longer than 180 days per calendar year”, says Engelbrecht.

Engelbrecht also explains that according to the government, the calendar year starts on the first day that someone arrives on Aruba. “It could therefore also start in August.” This confused among the European Dutch citizens as they think that a calendar year runs from January up to and including December. Engelbrecht said that she currently has contact with ‘a number’ of Dutch citizens who have also encountered this situation. The adjunct director said she had ‘come up with a solution’ for these people so that they could still stay on Aruba longer than the 180 days. However, this group must be in the possession of a so-called ‘renteniersbrief’ (letter confirming this person is living off private means).

“It is true, that the control on the 180 days-rule should have been communicated better”, said Engelbrecht. “It is an uncongenial measure, but I do want everyone to respect the current rules.” According to the immigration department, the Immigration Policy for Foreigners from November 2007 has changed since last month. Upon inquiry with Engelbrecht, it appeared that there was only a document stating the admission requirements for tourist. The document was dated September 8th, the day before yesterday. In this document, the word ‘consecutive’ – which had always led to an interpretation difference between the duped European Dutch citizens and the government – has been deleted. Based on the aforementioned, the Dutch citizens thought that after 180 days on Aruba and thirty days abroad, they could return to Aruba; this was actually tolerated for more than ten years until last month.

No sunny Christmas

The group or European Dutch citizens, has meanwhile started a discussion on the internet. From this and other reactions, which the editorial office received, it appears that the duped are not anxious to sound the alarm with the government, especially for fear of ‘retaliation’.

“We only bring money to the island”, is one of the reactions.

Others also wonder why Aruba is so strict, as they do not make use of the social provisions.

Many have a second home here, and remain registered as well as insured in the Netherlands.

A married couple with a second home says, “Upon arrival on Aruba, the immigration counted the number of days that we’ve been here. The plan was to return around Christmas, but now we don’t know. I really wouldn’t know what to do, if I return at Christmas, and there’s a chance that I’ll be sent back.” Another reaction, “We regularly visit Aruba, but now we do not know what we’re up against; actually we dare not visit the Dimas or phone the Customs, like we say… ‘Let sleeping dogs lie.”