Colombian Hooker at Center of Secret Service Scandal Says Fight Was Over $800
The Colombian woman in the Secret Service hooker scandal revealed that the dispute began when an agent offered her just $30 for services she had told him would cost $800.
The woman said she and other escorts partied with a group of American men at the Pley Club in Cartagena.
She denied reports that the agents were bragging about their assignment protecting President Obama, who was on his way to Cartagena for a regional summit.
“They never told me they were with Obama,” she told the Times. “They were very discreet.”
In fact, she said she didn’t know they were government agents of any kind and just assumed they were rich foreigners.
She said one of the men invited her back to his room and they stopped on the way to buy condoms.
She told him he would have to give her $800, explaining to the Times that the high price reflects her status.
“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.”
Prostitution is legal in Colombia.
She said the agent told her he had been drunk when they discussed the price and offered to give her 50,000 pesos – about $30.
She said they argued and he ordered her out of the room, swearing at her. She said she went crying across the hall to enlist the help of another escort who was with another man from the same group of Americans.
The dispute escalated as two cops stationed at the hotel got involved, along with two more of the American men.
The original agent remained behind his locked hotel room door as the argument played out in the hallway.
Eventually, the escort lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers.
The Americans gave her a combination of dollars and local currency worth about $225.
Eleven agents and nine military servicemen – most of them married – are under investigation for carousing with 20 or 21 hookers during the trip.