A little whorehouse in Cartagena, Colombia, affectionately known as the "Pley Club," has become the center of a White House controversy, after it was revealed that 11 Secret Service members were involved in a prostitution scandal at the South American brothel.
It’s reported that several of the men agreed to pay for, and receive, services from the “highest category” prostitutes available at the club, who charge upwards of $200.
The men paid for the services in advance, but when it came time to settle the bill, there was a dispute over the charges.
Apparently one of the prostitutes blew the whistle after a U.S. official took her back to his hotel and refused to pay for services rendered - resulting in a media circus this week.
Colombia is one of 50 countries out of 100 where prostitution is a legal trade, according to Procon.org.
It breaks down like this: Colombian municipalities have the liberty to declare “tolerance zones,” where prostitution is legal according to the national police, and Cartagena has declared such zones where some of the prime tourist areas are peppered with clubs that offer sex, more or less, openly and explicitly.
Similarly, Colombia is one of the major countries for women and girls trafficked to Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Asia, and North America, including the United States, for purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.
When it comes to prostitution around the world, Colombia doesn’t lead the pack in carnal services; see which other countries profit from the pro’s.