While prostitution scandals in Colombia are associated with the Secret Service the DEA was also getting in on the action. Documents received by Foreign Policy from the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that multiple DEA agents were investigated for widespread and continual use of prostitutes while stationed in Colombia as well as an attempt to cover up their activity.
One DEA special agent solicited sex about 50 times on his government-issued cell phone with others getting special massages and another seeking transvestite prostitutes he found on a website.
Prostitution is legal in Colombia but US government policy prohibits USG employees from participating.
Investigators were tipped to the DEA agents’ behavior when the Secret Service supervisor stepped forward and admitted he’d been with a woman who was paid for an erotic massage. In interviews with the Justice Department inspector general’s office, the agents, whose names are redacted in the report, initially denied any knowledge of DEA personnel being involved with prostitutes. But then investigators combed through the agents’ government-issued cell phones and, looking at their call histories, found the men had been in touch with prostitutes on numerous occasions, and in different cities in Colombia.
A DEA agent breaking the law, that could never lead to blackmail by the Colombian drug cartels looking for informants could it?
But of course we are talking about sex and everyone has their own definition.
After they’d been caught, the agents tried to argue that they hadn’t engaged in prostitution, because their relations with women consisted only of massages and “manual stimulation of their genitals by another person for their sexual gratification,” which they said didn’t qualify as sex, investigators wrote in the report. What’s more, “all three subjects resisted the characterization of their engaging in sexual encounters in exchange for a form of payment as prostitution,” which investigators said defied “common sense and legal definitions.”
A G-man is still a man.
The more serious issues arose when it was discovered that one of the DEA agents had attempted to cover up his sexual escapades by deleting contacts and messages from his government phone. He was accused of “obstruction” but federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia declined to bring charges.