Secret Service Scandal Widens: More Prostitution Accusations
Did US Secret Service Hire Prostitutes in Cartagena?
11 members of the US Secret Service were sent home after they were accused of bringing prostitutes back to their Cartagena, Colombia hotel.
Five members of the US military were also sent home; none of their names have been divulged. Also, while reports of the allegations swirl through the media, nobody has said who originally made these accusations.
The Secret Service had arrived in Cartagena to prepare for a visit by US President Barack Obama.
Prostitution is Legal in Colombia
Prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia (designated "tolerance zones"); if the allegations are true, the Secret Service agents may not have violated any local laws. However, leaving aside Colombia's problem with human trafficking, hiring prostitutes runs counter to the image that the US government wants to project abroad. Somewhat ironic, considering the US history of intervention in Central and South America.
Both sides of the aisle favor an investigation into the Secret Service scandal, but how deep do you expect a probe like this to go?
"I had a breakfast meeting to discuss trade and drugs, but the only thing the other delegates wanted to talk about was the story of the agents and the hookers," said one diplomat.