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Cocaine cartels in Colombia : Sex parties for US drug investigators

US drug investigators have been bought by Colombian drug cartels, according to a Justice Department report. Although the US agency does not name the country in which the top agents of the anti-drug agency DEA participated in sex parties funded by the Mafia, according to local media it is the country of the world's largest cocaine producer Colombia.

The allegations are substantial. Wild sex orgies with Colombian prostitutes were celebrated in the offices of the DEA special forces, some of which were among the top agents. According to the investigators, the women were paid by the powerful Colombian cartels. What consideration the DEA agents have provided for this, however, is the subject of speculation. Seven out of ten DEA investigators have admitted to having participated in the sex parties, but they assert that they did not know that the women were hired by the cartels.

The investigators disagree. The DEA agents, who are well connected in the drug scene and familiar with local customs, should have known what they were getting into, the American media quoted a special investigator as saying.

It is unclear whether the women were only paid for sex or also for spying

The DEA employees, who have since been suspended on a daily basis, are apparently top executives with a particularly great influence. That makes the matter even more explosive, because it is not known whether the women paid by the Mafia were paid for spying in addition to sexual services. The fact that the processes took place in the agents' offices gives rise to fears in terms of secrecy.

Colombia's drug mafia exports billions of dollars worth of cocaine to the United States every year. The drugs are transported across Central America and Mexico. The work of the drug mafia is wreaking havoc in the region as rival drug gangs are waging war against each other and against state power on the back of the civilian population. With the billions in revenue, the cartels are able to infiltrate not only the Latin American judiciary and politics. Her long arm also extends to the United States and to the DEA drug investigators.

The news about the corrupt DEA officials coincides with another revelation, as announced by the Truth Commission for Coming to terms with the armed conflict in Colombia. Between 2003 and 2007 there were 50 cases of sexual abuse by members of the US military in Colombia. Underage Colombian women in conflict regions were affected. The US military was not held accountable. The latest developments are not surprising, as US security forces already received negative attention on the sidelines of the America Summit in 2012 in the Colombian tourist metropolis of Cartagena. Secret Service bodyguards, who were actually assigned to protect President Barack Obama, had thrown a sex party at the luxury hotel Caribe. However, the US officials refused to pay their prostitutes. When they called the police to collect their wages, the whole scandal came to light. The Secret Service had to be asked unpleasant questions, heads were rolling at the management level. The affected members who took part in the extravagant celebrations were suspended or transferred.

The US government's moral index finger seems implausible

For the USA, the recent scandal is politically explosive for another reason. The USA has long since lost its reputation as a moral institution in Latin America. When the Obama administration reacted to the serious human rights violations in Venezuela with sanctions a few days ago and branded the country as a "threat to security", Latin America's left-wing governments showed solidarity with the Maduro government in Caracas.

At the upcoming America Summit in Panama City in mid-April, the US's negotiating position will be further weakened by such scandals. In particular, Washington’s tough pace in the fight against drugs is increasingly meeting with criticism. Numerous Latin American politicians such as Guatemala's President Molina or Colombia's President Santos have called for a realignment of drug policy, which so far has primarily focused on fighting the mafia militarily. Many governments in Latin America are no longer willing to accept the moral index finger from Washington. Uruguay is therefore attempting a new strategy for the first time and is relying on cautious state regulation of the drug market. Then the money would no longer end up in the coffers of the cartels, but in those of the state.

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