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Tuesday
Apr172012

ABC News Exclusive: Secret Service Bragged About Protecting Obama

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CARTAGENA, Colombia) -- ABC News has learned exclusively that the Secret Service officials accused of misconduct in Colombia revealed their identities by boasting at a Cartagena brothel that they worked for President Obama.

Partying at the Pley Club last Wednesday night, 11 members of the president’s advance team allegedly bragged “we work for Obama” and “we’re here to protect him.”

The officials spent the night throwing back expensive whiskey and enlisting the services of the club’s prostitutes, according to a bouncer at the club and a police source.

Sources tell ABC News several of the men agreed to pay for, and received, services from the “highest category” prostitutes available at the club, who charge upwards of $200.

The men paid for the sexual services in advance, but when it came time to settle the bill, there was a dispute over the charges.

The group became belligerent and the police were called.  The argument between the officials and the bouncers from the club escalated and ultimately spilled onto the street, according to several eye witness accounts.

The police have since been directed by U.S. authorities not to comment on that night or the scandal surrounding the Secret Service, according to a senior police official in Cartagena.

Prostitution is legal in Colombia and the women who work at the Pley Club live on the premises.

The club, located on a dusty street in the industrial Bosque neighborhood, just blocks from the port, has a rough exterior, but boasts plush “pley rooms” inside.

The Pley Club is a well-known brothel in this historic city.  Some taxi drivers in the resort-town are paid a commission for recommending the club and its prostitutes to tourists.

The officials were in Cartagena on assignment ahead of the president’s visit for the Summit of the Americas last weekend.

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Suspended Secret Service Members Partied at Colombian Brothel

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(CARTAGENA, Colombia) -- The Secret Service personnel relieved of duty for alleged misconduct in Colombia were partying at a Cartagena brothel called the Pley Club, ABC News has learned.

The men were drinking heavily during their night out and enlisted the services of the club’s prostitutes, according to a bouncer at the club and a police source.

Prostitution is legal in Colombia and the women who work at the Pley Club, located in the Bosque neighborhood of Cartagena, live on the site of the club.

The club, located on a dusty street in the industrial Bosque neighborhood, has a rough exterior but boasts plush “pley rooms,” according to its website.

The Secret Service personnel were in Cartagena on assignment preparing for President Obama’s visit for the Summit of the Americas last weekend.  After allegations surfaced that some may have had women or prostitutes in their rooms, 11 members were sent back to the United States.

The scandal widened to include members of the military team that was in Cartagena assisting the Secret Service advance team.  Sources told ABC News military officials now suspect 10 or more soldiers may have solicited sex from prostitutes.

“If violations are determined to have been the case, then these individuals will be held accountable,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Monday he is embarrassed by the conduct of the military service members and that “we let the boss down,” referring to Obama, the commander in chief of the military.

The accused had arrived a week before the president to prepare security for his visit.  By Wednesday, officials at the Hotel Caribe were irritated with the agents’ alleged heavy drinking and loud partying.  Local women were coming back to the hotel with agents, sources said.

The alleged behavior might have remained secret if it were not for an angry prostitute, who government sources said refused to leave their room after a dispute with at least one of the Secret Service personnel over the bill.

“There was a dispute the next morning when one of the women did not leave the room,” Rep. Peter King said.  “Police came and she refused to leave until she was paid for her services.”

The Secret Service personnel were ordered back to Washington.  They have been suspended pending the investigation, and their security clearances have been revoked.

Sources say the Secret Service will be giving lie detector tests to agents who were present the night the prostitutes were allegedly in the agents’ hotel rooms, and asking the hotel for its security tapes to see if it can determine exactly who was involved.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep092011

Phoenix Goddess Temple Raided as Alleged Brothel

Backpage dot com(PHOENIX) -- Arizona prosecutors have charged more than 30 people affiliated with the Phoenix Goddess Temple, a 10,000-square-foot alleged brothel that had been operating under the pretense of providing "religious" services for hundreds of dollars in cash "donations," police said.

On Sept. 7, 2011 police raided the Phoenix Goddess Temple, an alleged brothel, arresting 18 people.

"They were committing crimes under the guise of religious freedom," Phoenix police spokesman Steve Martos said. "It's a sad situation when people are trying to hide behind religion and church to commit a crime."

The "temple" had been operating in Phoenix since 2009, but authorities didn't become aware of it until residents began complaining. After a local newspaper visited the alleged brothel and published an in-depth story, police launched a six-month investigation culminating in the arrest of 18 people Wednesday. They are still hunting down the other 19.

It was the largest Arizona prostitution bust since authorities broke up the tri-state "Desert Divas" ring in 2008.

Four of those indicted are men, but none of them are johns. Charges include prostitution, pandering and conspiracy.

During the investigation, police discovered the Goddess Temple was operating another alleged house of prostitution in Sedona, Ariz., which was also raided Wednesday.

Goddess Temple founder Tracy Elise, known within her business as "Mystic Mother," was one of the 18 arrested Wednesday. She had also been involved with a similar alleged brothel in Seattle, Wash., that had been shut down in 2009.

The Phoenix Goddess Temple still has several advertisements on the adult entertainment section of classified ads website Backpage.com. An ad for Iyata dated Sept. 5 showed a woman in what appears to be a belly-dancing outfit. "I will ignite you with my touch, breath, and Love. We will Cultivate your ecstasy to it's highest potential," the ad says.

The Phoenix Goddess Temple did not immediately respond to an interview request from ABC News.

Organization leaders had said in prior media interviews that they are not prostitutes, but religious healers focusing on "Root Chakra."

"There's no science and provability about this [healing system]," Elise told the Phoenix New Times in February. "But it works."

The county attorney, however, isn't buying it.

"We're not viewing this in any way as somehow protected by the first amendment," Montgomery said. "This is not religious expression. This is a criminal activity and those responsible thought they were being too clever by half by coming up with different terms."

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