Cops Probe Van der Sloot Links to Thai Sex Trade: Enquirer
Murder suspect allegedly brought girls to Holland for prostitution
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2010 4:02 PM CDT
In a June 4, 2010 file photo, Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police officers outside a Peruvian police station, near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro, File)

(Newser) – Thai authorities are investigating allegations that Joran Van der Sloot tried to get involved in human trafficking, reports the National Enquirer. Van Der Sloot, 22, allegedly posed as a model scout while living in Bangkok, where a Dutch journalist set up a sting and busted him. "He promised they'd make big money and live a luxurious life," the journalist says of the accused murderer's alleged recruits. "In reality, his plan was that once they arrived in Holland, they'd be forced into prostitution in Dutch brothels."

Van der Sloot's scheme didn't succeed, but Thai police are concerned about other possible victims. "There are girls who went missing in Bangkok while van der Sloot was there," a source says. "Girls who are approached by sex traffickers here often get killed, especially if they discover they are being tricked into prostitution and start to resist or threaten to go to the police."