The US Secret Service prostitution scandal involved as many as 20 women, 11 American agents and some military personnel, senior US officials say. The incidents took place in Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of last weekend's Summit of the Americas.
The cadet, Maritza Zapata, had uncovered the existence of the ring and — according to her family — may have lost her life over it. Public confidence erodes as accusations have so far claimed high-ranking officials, a prominent journalist and unveiled a sordid tale of lies and corruption.
The existence of the ring first came to light in when it was revealed that at least 10 former cadets had testified in an investigation into the suspicious death in of a female cadet at the academy, which was first labeled a suicide. Reuse this content. Although Palomino is not mentioned in the recording and there is no apparent reference to the alleged male prostitution ring, the inspector general cited the video as evidence in the case.
The scandal has eroded already low approval ratings for the police. The video was a secret recording made by Anyelo Palacios, a police captain, of a conversation about sexual experiences with then-senator Carlos Ferro. This article is more than 5 years old.
Officers and congressmen allegedly paid for sexual services from cadets with cars, gifts and large sums of money. Sun 6 Mar Topics Colombia Americas news.
The video was widely shared, and Ferro, who was deputy minister of the interior, reed. The scandal so far has claimed the head of the police chief, a deputy minister and a prominent journalist and unveiled a web of corruption, sexual harassment and influence peddling that has eroded the public confidence in the police.