Secret Service scandal exposes dark underbelly of Cartagena
'Geraldo at Large' investigates prostitution in Colombia
- Duration 6:09
- Date Apr 23, 2012
'Geraldo at Large' investigates prostitution in Colombia
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-- getting run at a town my brother Craig guy had been in Cartagena Colombia this morning investigating the sex scandal that -- at summit meeting in deeply tarnished the squeaky clean image.
Of the Secret Service.
I'm very concerned that we really don't know who these women -- We don't know whether they were working for the drug cartels.
Whether they were working hard radical forces within Colombia.
Who knows who they were working for.
If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press.
Of course -- -- Andy should be the sex and security scandal completely eclipsed the purpose of the president's long planned trip to the -- conference instead of finding solutions to Latin America's economic crisis.
The administration was forced to deal with a major embarrassment to the president his host nation and now the tattered reputation.
The once proud Secret Service has seemed like they.
We're down here.
A function a job but has the complete and can intends to go out look at the girl.
Always seems evident to most observers that these guys -- Came on the -- you know looking for sexual terrorism based in Columbia Steve Salisbury has covered Latin America for more than thirty years they had for assignment fine so -- -- US tax paying money coming down to Cartagena to say hey we're also have.
Have fun it will work hard and we'll play hard so let's set up some things with -- -- expecting to celebrate its 500 year history dating back to colonial Spain.
Cartagena was instead exposed.
As having -- dark underbelly.
Where rampant unemployment and poverty forced many into a life of prostitution.
-- Johnny Johnny is him in Cartagena and he has a lot of insight in terms of what could -- happen between the Secret Service agent and that prostitute.
800 bucks there's a dispute have let that happen -- this guy probably winds -- up.
-- -- -- Bring a lot -- walk a hole and then.
You spend about what Adam and that is they don't remember any any -- She just where's my -- that now infamous confrontation in the hallways at the hotel -- Reid struck tabloid gold.
-- the alleged prostitute talk to the New York Times.
Leading to an investigation.
That has so far cost six Secret Service agents their jobs.
But at least a dozen more agents implicated along with eleven members of the military to get ready at that point -- look at for opportunity.
Two of this criticism -- be laudable to spin -- -- was -- quite -- Juliette it's a prostitute who sometimes works with Johnny.
So you are very concerned I know that you don't want to identify yourself because now there are here doing this without your family knowing.
Well no -- and number.
It's embarrassing you.
Watch him make that much.
Do lot of bring those come down here they know that this is the case that a lot of beautiful women like you have to sell themselves to make money.
Sort of was -- -- on my hardest again this good or for me and I don't mean.
-- and the best.
Clients they try to figure well they -- -- well.
-- -- Just in terms of what happens.
What do you know what did you learn from one club does mention is that the Secret Service agents or -- -- the military.
-- I've made an appointment with them one at a place called to come -- -- Or another one could be right behind us over and -- console but that's also been reported as a possible.
Venue where they met with these girls.
But these girls they just don't hang out.
In one place they're like freelancers are like freelance stuff prostitutes and they go from one bar to the other part of -- other part because that's their livelihood.
The many -- attacks in clubs that the Secret Service members of the US military members went to the notorious night it was -- don't achieve key to -- Right in downtown Cartagena.
According to Juliette working girls have to follow strict guidelines when they enter a hotel with their clients including providing identification.
-- medals table.
Your daughter's cell phone number XP under it's those sold very well organized.
-- when you're you're a benefit as well is the customer has had.
Yes plastic -- -- exactly especially when the client where these things.
He's going to happen as a result of all of this -- -- national exposure for.
This business of prostitution here.
Cards and again -- analog -- and matching best game -- holidays don't understand.
Harming the work of women we'll make a living and doing this.
You have the US officials federal officials who are spending taxpayer money to come -- -- Are screwing around now how are you gonna get our budget deficit down -- -- tremendous embarrassment in the eyes of many people and it's not just here in Columbia -- the United States it's around the world.
At the high telling at a Columbia Craig joins us tonight from Miami so it's -- you came after you.
Well probably making the rounds.
Visiting the different clubs discos bars whatever it may be where.
The the service members Secret Service members and the military members may have met these girls and we're in front -- that they.
One bar called a little -- -- Talking about that obviously to us to me there were working girls out in front in the owners didn't take two wells was being there -- so they came after us said -- private property.
Tried to take the tape followed us to the hotel and it became a siege at the hotel and so we decided that we might as well.
Hit the road we have what we needed and that -- to report to you from our bureau in Miami girl okay from Goodyear that friendly sure -- -- banks.