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i’m calling on all americans to begin a travel boycott to aruba. we need to show their government were the money comes from and it’s not acceptable to let tourists disapear.spread the word via phone, email, word of mouth.what ever it takes!!!!!!!!!!!thanks
I believe people disappear every day in the US, should it be boycotted as well?

not sure where you are from, but are you aware of the story behind this?

miatamx, yes I am well aware of the Natalee Holloway story. But are you aware of all the missing kids in the US? What has the US Government done for Reyna Gabriela Alvarado-Carrera for example? Should we boycott the US?

FYI I will no longer discuss this.

Give me a break. Aruba is a beautiful island. I am sorry a young girl lost her life but, unless you are aware of something that the general public is not DON’T PRESUME. Everyday hundred’s of people disappear. I have been to the exact bar she was at and it is a place I would not be in alone. Just common sense. Also why would you go with a stranger? I have no answers to this …all I know is it is not fair to generalize that it is the fault of the island or the government. There are bad people everywhere!!!!!

It is a sad thing that happened, but I do believe that there was too much drinking going on, and I do believe that Natalee left with him, but I do believe that she would have been alittle more guarded had she not been drinking, the only cover-up I think is that the police really never thought anything had happened to her and waited to long and then tried to cover. I would still go there.

I’ll be back. We loved it and had a great time.

I’m with ya Mia!!! I have been to Aruba many times and will not return until some form of justice is given to the family of the victim. Yes, it’s a lovely island but there are many just as nice or even nicer. Many people disappear in the States but the justice system is alive, fair and doing well last time I checked.
Bubbygirl

"Many people disappear in the States but the justice system is alive, fair and doing well last time I checked. "Good one!!! Nothing like a good joke to end 2005 on a good note.
Prollt,Do you live in a free America? Where would you prefer to lose a member of your family? Would you be happy to receive the lip service of the Aruban officials? It is not a good thought and not one I wish upon anyone but I sure would like to have law enforcement and the justice system of the good of US of A on my side. I am not an american but and lo and behold I do have faith and thank God everyday for the protected rights and freedoms and protection we receive on a daily basis. Yes, people disappear everyday in all countries. I do not get your sarcasm. I can list several perps who are behind bars for their abuses. I must have forgotten however, most of those behind bars are innocent right? Blech!Have a great new year!

Bubbygirl

Did anyone happen to see the TV special about Aruba and the dissapearance? Just goes to show how many sides there are to each storey and then there is the truth. I was wondering if the same "boycott of Aruba" attitude by Americans will follow thru to the Canadian issues in Playa del Carmen? We have been to both places and I say it is up to each individual to make their own choices. We must remember we are in a foreign country and they do not always do things the same way we do.

Bottom line is……. be smart, be safe and have some faith. There is good and bad everywhere in the world and sometimes you can be in both at the same time!

Wow, boycott tiny little Aruba, bring it down to its knees, to feel the wrath and scorn of American might. Yup, and you wonder why no one likes you.

Who doesn’t like me? I thought everyone liked me LOL Even though I am ticked about the handling of this stinkin’ case I am over it. Not saying I will return there anytime soon however. It has been a wake up call to exactly how these things are handled on Aruba and I cannot condone it. But yeah, really, I AM over it ::).
Bubbygirl

perhaps every Canadian city should be boycotted if we boycott Aruba. We were on a cruise there three years ago and loved it. This was unfortunate and we feel for the family, but the people there for the most part are awesome. I can’t say anything negative about the people

well if you are going to boycott Aruba you might add Bermuda to that too, what about Rebbeca Middleton?????????????????????

well if you are going to boycott Aruba you might add Bermuda to that too, what about Rebbeca Middleton?????????????????????

Who?

Rebbecca Middleton (Belleville Ontario) was just 16 when she went with a friend and her family to the Bahama’s 10 years ago June, she was raped, sodomized, stab 36 times and had her throat slit. She died alone on the side of the road where they left her. He family is still trying to get the government to arrest and punish the men who did this.

Thank you, Hula. That is a very sad story. I hadn’t heard of it before.Do these deaths mean that I will boycott an area? No, as it can – and does – happen at home.

There are many unsolved murders in Canada and the US.

Shirley, it won’t stop me from traveling either, but it does make me a little more careful of my surroundings at all times. Just wanted to make a point that Aruba is not the only place things like this happen. I live in Toronto and it happens everyday……….as it does in any big city in North America.

Penkitten, the race of Natalee Holloway does not make her life any less valuable. The Holloway case in Aruba, the Rebecca Middleton murder case in Bermuda, and the recent murder of a Canadian couple in Cancun, Mexico points out the need for any tourist in any nation to be fully alert at all times. Boycotts may not be the answer, but the authorities in these three jurisidictions should be made aware that lax police investigations can only hurt the local tourist industry.

It is an incredibly sad situation that has happened there, everyone on this post knows that.I agree with miatamx and everyone else who believe some form of justice should be achieved. A young girl or anyone else should be able to go out by herself and enjoy paradise.. Without a doubt.However everyone, Woman and Men both, need to exercise common sense not only at home but especially abroad. (Men too have been drugged and harvested for their organs all because they let their guard down for a pretty face.)Am I saying this is Natalee’s fault? Not a chance in hell. There is only one person or party to fully blame here and I really hope that someday they get what they deserve.Nevertheless to punish such a small island in it’s entirety, which took appropriate action with searches, interrogations & arrests for months afterward (even though no one has yet been charged) is not the answer, I agree with many of the posts and opinions here who voiced opposition to a boycott, but support those who do. I would and I’m sure many people would support it full outright if there was a lack of cooperation and professionalism from the government to find justice.Aruba tourism went down quite a bit following the Natalee case and stayed down with all the media surrounding the investigation yet Aruba still pressed on with its investigation. (Which is more then I can say about some of the actions Mexico has recently taken)Every Country in the world has its rapists, murderers, thieves, some of them get caught and some of them don’t. No country has a perfect record.dan
Hey …for what it is worth I am Canadian and I will not go to Aruba and I certainly will never go back to Mexico although I have been there many times. The killing of the senior couple attending their daughters wedding was enough for me. I am a senior and so far I am happy with the Playa Dorado complex in the DR. I feel safe there. I would not feel safe in Mexico anymore.

To each his own I would rather be safe than sorry!

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