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Secret Service prostitution scandal

An embarrassing sex scandal involving eleven Secret Service personnel in Columbia which overshadowed U.S. President Barack Obama's diplomatic mission to Latin America in April 2012. The agents brought a number of prostitutes to the beachfront hotel El Caribe in Cartagena near where the president stayed. Afterwards, some of the agents were involved in a payment dispute with the prostitutes who subsequently notified local police.

Although prostitution is not a criminal offense, it's considered a serious misconduct by the Secret Service. Following the incident, all eleven agents and uniformed division personnel were revoked of their top security clearance.

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