'Secret Service wouldn't pay up,' woman who blew sex scandal says
A prostitute poses during an interview wiht AFP in Cartagena on April 19, 2012. AFP photoOne of the main actors of a prostitution scandal involving the U.S. Secret Service said the incident blew up after agents refused to pay her negotiated fee.
The sex worker hired by Secret Service agents during President Barack Obama's visit to Colombia was identified as 24-year-old Dania Suarez, a single mother of one, daily Hürriyet reported today, citing the New York Daily News as a source.
Suarez reportedly said she met the agents at a club the night before the incident. She said she did not know they were working for the U.S. government.
"I took up their offer to take me to a hotel room, but I told them they should give me a gift in exchange and we agreed on a price of $800," Suarez said. She said the scandal blew after the agents paid only $30. "They agreed to pay $225 after the hotel manager intervened," she said. "I learned they were Obama's agents after seeing them on the news."
U.S. officials investigating the incident in Colombia have found out all the sex workers hired by Secret Service agents were over the age of 18, CBS reported.
The scandal erupted last week after 11 Secret Service agents were sent home from Cartagena, on Colombia's Caribbean coast, after a night of partying that reportedly ended with at least some of them bringing prostitutes back to their hotel. The special agents and uniformed officers were in Colombia in advance of Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas.