US agents prostitute probe

A dozen US Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security for President Barack Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty over alleged misconduct. Sources said the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena.

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President Obama's Colombia mission goes on despite scandal

were in Colombia for the Americas Summit Credit: Reuters

A prostitution scandal involving US security personnel in Colombia is threatening to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.

In a major embarrassment for the United States at the Summit of the Americas attended by more than 30 heads of state, 11 US Secret Service agents were sent home and five military servicemen grounded over "misconduct" allegations in a hotel.

A US lawmaker who heads a congressional committee that oversees the Secret Service told CNN the incident apparently involved 11 agents "and they did bring women back to their rooms."

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