The boyfriend of missing Maryland woman Robyn Gardner said today that he agreed with the man who is suspected in her disappearance that human traffickers may be involved.
"Human trafficking, yeah absolutely, that's something I've been thinking about the entire time, since day one," Richard Forester told Good Morning America today.
Forester spoke a day after Gary Giordano, the lone suspect in Gardner's disappearance, told GMA that the woman disappeared in an area that is known for activity by traffickers.
"I think it's very possible and I wonder what (Giordano's) involvement was," Forester said. "There's a whole underworld down there. I don't know what he knows about Aruba."
Forester appeared on GMA to respond to Giordano's first interview since being released Tuesday night from the Aruba prison where he spent four months as a murder suspect in Gardner's disappearance.
No charges had been brought against Giordano, and prosecutors have not found a body, a motive, or a weapon.
Giordano, 50, who met 35-year-old Gardner on a swinger's website a year before they decided to go on vacation to Aruba together, told prosecutors that Gardner been swept out to sea in rough currents while the two were snorkeling one evening. Prosecutors have said that Giordano's story doesn't add up.
On Wednesday, Giordano appeared to suggest during an exclusive ABC News' interview that Gardner may have been kidnapped as part of a human trafficking crime.
"What you don't know about Aruba is Aruba has two main sources of income and it's not tourism. It's cocaine and human trafficking," Giordano said. "And where we were it takes a half hour to drive a boat to Venezuela... and it turns out that where we were, the beach, that's where they drop off illegals to swim to shore."
Forester agreed with Giordano's theory of how Gardner could have disappeared in connection with human trafficking, but suggested that Giordano may have been involved.
"There isn't any sign of her at all, no clue of her, no trace of her whatsoever that we know about. I can't imagine it would take more than a half hour to get to Venezuela. So from 4:15 in the afternoon until six in the evening, there's an hour and 45 minutes before he comes back and finally tells somebody that she's missing," Forester said.
Forester said he had relayed his suspicions to the FBI and Aruban authorities, who told him they would follow where the evidence leads.
" I think it's an option that needs to be looked at," Forester said. "I know that it happens in that part of the world. It happens all over the world, but it's pretty big in that world."
Taco Stein, Aruba's head prosecutor, told ABC News that he would not comment on the the claim, but that it "speaks for itself."
Forester and Gardner were living together most of the time when she disappeared and he has said they were planning to get married. He did not learn that she went to Aruba with Giordano until after she vanished.
While she was away, Gardner sent Forester an email that said, "The last message I got from her was 'I love you, we'll talk and sort things out when I get back.'"
Forester said in previous interviews that during Gardner's trip to Aruba, they kept in touch through Blackberry text messages and emails from her iPad until the day of her disappearance, including one message, in particular, that raised his alarm.
"On Tuesday morning, the 2nd of August, at about two in the morning, she posted on my Facebook wall, 'this sucks,'" he said. "I tried to figure out what was going on, but she didn't really respond. "
Forester said today he still believes Giordano should be held responsible for her disappearance.
"Where's Robyn? Where is she? You're the last one to see her," he said of Giordano. "Where'd she go?"
"I believe that he being the last person to see her and be with her is responsible."