Secret Service Scandal: Colombian Officials To Investigate If Pley Club Prostitutes Were Minors

 @LauraMatt on April 18 2012 11:57 AM

Officials in Colombia are launching their own investigation into the scandal surrounding the U.S Secret Service, to determine whether any of the prostitute involved were minors.

Maria Rosario Blanco, regional director for Colombia's Institute of Family Wellbeing, told El Tiempo that though there hasn't been a formal complaint, the government agency will still carry out an investigation to see if underage girls were involved.

Eleven members of the Secret Service and about 10 military personnel are accused of misconduct and getting involved with prostitutes prior to President Barack Obama's visit to Colombia last week. Those involved were sent home and their security clearances revoked. Reports are that the agents and military personnel were with least 20 women in hotel rooms. There also concerns that the incident could have jeopardized Obama's safety.

U.S. investigators are in Colombia to look into the allegations.

Earlier this week, Newsmax reported that investigators are probing to see whether any of the girls were underage.

The Military Times reported that Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York state who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that some are admitting (the women) were prostitutes, others are saying they're not, they're just women they met at the hotel bar.

However, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has said that none of the women, who had to surrender their IDs at the hotel, were minors.

But prostitutes or not, to be bringing a foreign national back into a secure zone is a problem, he added.

Obama has said if the allegations are true he would be angry.

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