Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Not So Smooth Methods of Secret Service Agents Dealing with Colombian Hookers

This is hilarious. James Bond, they are not. NYT has the details:
A Secret Service agent preparing for President Obama’s arrival at an international summit meeting and a single mother from Colombia who makes a living as a high-priced escort faced off in a room at the Hotel Caribe a week ago over how much he owed her for the previous night’s intercourse. “I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’ ” the woman said in her first public comments on a spat that would soon spiral into a full-blown scandal.

The dispute was that he offered $30 for services she thought they had agreed were worth 25 times that, and it set off a tense early morning struggle in the hallway of the posh hotel involving the woman, another prostitute, Colombian police officers arguing on the women’s behalf and American federal agents who tried but failed to keep the matter — which has shaken the reputation of the Secret Service — from escalating.

Sitting on a couch in her living room wearing a short jean skirt, high-heeled espadrilles and a tight spandex top with a plunging neckline, the woman described how she and a girlfriend were approached by a group of American men at a discotheque..

There was a language gap between the 24-year-old woman, who declined to give her full name, and the American man who sat beside her all night and eventually invited her back to his room. She agreed, stopped on the way to buy condoms but told him he would have to give her a gift. He asked how much. Not knowing he worked for Mr. Obama but figuring he was a well-heeled foreigner, she said she told him $800.

The price alone, she said, indicates that she is an escort, not a prostitute. “You have higher rank,” she said. “An escort is someone who a man can take out to dinner. She can dress nicely, wear nice makeup, speak and act like a lady. That’s me.”

By 6:30 the next morning, after being awoken by a telephone call from the hotel front desk reminding her that, under the hotel’s rules for prostitutes, she had to leave, whatever deal the two had agreed on had broken down. She recalled that the man told her he had been drunk when they discussed the price. He countered with an offer of 50,000 pesos, the equivalent of about $30.

Disgusted with such a low offer, she pressed the matter. He became angry, ordered her out of the room and called her an expletive, she said.

She said she was crying at that point and went across the hall, where another escort had spent the night with a second American man from the same group. Both women began trying to get the money.

They knocked on the door but got no response. She threatened to call the police, but the man’s friend begged her not to, saying they did not want trouble. Finally, she said, she left to go home but came across a policeman who was stationed in the hallway and called in an English-speaking colleague.

He accompanied her back to the room and the dispute escalated. Two other Americans from the club emerged from their rooms and stood guard in front of their friend’s locked door. The two Colombian officers tried to argue the woman’s case.

A hotel security officer arrived. Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. Eager to resolve the matter fast, the American men eventually gave her a combination of dollars and local currency worth about $225, and she left.

It was only days later, once a friend she had shared her story with called to say that the dispute had made the television news, that she learned that the man had been a Secret Service agent.

She was dismayed, she said, that the news reports have described her as a prostitute as though she walked the streets picking up just anyone.

“It’s the same, but it’s different,” she said, indicating that she is much more selective about her clients and charges much more than a streetwalker. “It’s like when you buy a fine rum or a BlackBerry or an iPhone. They have a different price.”


  1. What a story.
    The whore who claims she is not a whore.
    The Colombian cops attempting to mediate.
    The Dumb SS agents.

  2. anonymous, she didnt say shes not a whore, just that she is the iphone of whores. she didnt wanna be compared to those boost mobile streetwalkers!

  3. Haha!

    Another one just got busted today in SC!!!!

    The SS is singlehandedly supporting the prostitution economy!

  4. I can see how there is a range of quality in prostitution. Still, I don't see why she objects to the prostitution label. A fine wine is still a wine.

  5. It's a government agency party! The CIA brings the drugs. The SS brings the prostitutes. The TSA is the creepy weirdo copping a feel and secretly taking pictures of all the women. The ATF brings his heavily armed Mexican buddy. The GSA books the hotel room in Vegas. The Fed flies its party-copter overhead, throwing out handfuls of cash.

  6. This is a distraction from the fact that some of the countries represented at the conference are seriously considering a plan of drug legalization and it's the hot topic there. On top of that the guatemalan prez has discussed the idea of seeking restitution for drugs seized IN THE US!

  7. No wonder Ron Paul doesn't want them around him.

  8. How selective is she? It was a SS man.

  9. Quote from Deft: "I can see how there is a range of quality in prostitution. Still, I don't see why she objects to the prostitution label. A fine wine is still a wine."

    And it's all just adulterated water.

    You could say the same things about actors, lawyers and politicians, yet the distinctions between one that is good and one that is bad is well recognized.

    There is a lesson in marginal utility here (as well as the moral character of Colombian whores and American thugs).

  10. What a film this will make! It will put James Bond in his place with all his romantic hokkum!

    But what is new about this. Governments throughout history have been paying for men's appetitesfor "exotic women" forever! Have you forgotten Shakespeare's plays or Anthony and Caesar and Cleopatra movie spectaculars?

    If you give a man government cache, badges, they are going to use them for what they want and in our present society, "anything goes" as the old lyric says!