Posted on August 15, 2012 by hollycraw
The security clearances of 11 of President Obama‘s secret service agents were pulled on April 16 as part of a prostitution scandal investigation. The agents were in Cartagena, Colombia last week to prepare advance security measures for the President’s attendance at the Summit of the Americas in that city. At least one agent was reportedly entertaining a prostitute in his room beyond the hotel’s curfew of 7:00 AM, and she complained to police that the man owed her money, which was then paid on the spot. All of the agents and some military personnel were sent home for inappropriate behavior.
Prostitution is illegal in Colombia, but is overlooked by police within designated tolerance zones. Many of the preliminary comments by White House officials focus on the possible breach of security and potential for blackmail that have been engendered with the agents’ behavior. While these in themselves are extremely serious issues, almost nothing is being said about the legal and moral impropriety of government staff supporting the international sex trades.
Secret Service prostitution scandal: Another name for sex tourism? – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.
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Posted on August 15, 2012 by hollycraw
Secret service agents and military personnel, numbering at least 11 of each, are already in legal hot water over the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. Investigators from that country have given notice over the past two days that they are verifying the ages of the females to see if any of the escorts are under 18.
Using children for prostitution is illegal in both the US and Colombia. Criminal charges will be filed against any men who hired minors, possibly in both countries.
Six of the secret service agents have already resigned, retired or been dismissed, due to their involvement in the sexual escapade in which the US men were observed drinking heavily and partying on the beach with the women and inviting them back to their rooms. A party room to hold 30 had been reserved earlier in the evening.
No word has come out yet to identify any sanctions, besides separation from their jobs, which may be levied against the agents. If criminal charges are only set up related to involvement of minors, the implications from this incident are enormous:
- If government officials are going to cavort with prostitutes, make sure that you pay them what was promised so no one raises a fuss (so you don’t get caught)
- Extra-marital sexual activity is expected (and the norm, perhaps?) for US contingents who are away from home, especially if the supervisors encourage the whole unit to indulge. (Just don’t get caught.)
- Make sure that the escorts are not juveniles.
- Be sure to charge all the refreshments and entertainment to the public tab, since the hotel stay does involve work-related activities (even if these events are after-hours).
- Just for good measure, post sexually-charged comments and pictures on your social media
- In most other lines of work, blog comment consensus seems to be that what people do on their free time doesn’t matter, and it matters in this case only because sensitive information and the security of the president may have been at stake.
After all, losing a job with the government still brings the accrued pension, and it is likely that the men will be able to get other jobs. That doesn’t seem to address the common perception that engaging with prostitutes is just business as usual for government workers, nor provide any serious consequences for actions that could have had disastrous results. Perhaps a woman causing a ruckus about a broken agreement is what was needed to bring to light the behavior of those charged with the protection of the President of the United States.
Criminal charges will be amped up if secret service escorts are underage – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.
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