What could be better in an election year than a scandal involving sex, prostitutes and the Presidential security detail? And it's overseas too. Now we can inflate the scandal, have investigations monitored by the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Secret Service. We can avoid looking at other iterations of like-scandals happening on these shores, and to quote Senator Collins of Maine (the senior Republican on aforementioned committee), ask questions like, "Could they have jeopardized the security of the President and the country?" I believe the "they" in question are the Colombian sex workers involved in the scandal. Oh my!
I do not subscribe to the "boys will be boys" or "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" approach to men away from home buying sex. In fact, the idea of "tolerance zones" for bordellos and prostitution in Cartagena or elsewhere seems 100 percent wrong to me. Working on a film about human trafficking, 10,000 Men, for the last two years, I would argue that the sex workers of Colombia are more likely to be victims than criminals and threats. But more important is the insane focus on a scandal overseas when far worse is happening right here at home in the U.S. and indeed in Washington DC.
Here is some video I shot on K and L Streets in Washington D.C. for our film; this was just another night in our nation's capital.
We are good at finger pointing in America, we love fear mongering, tut-tutting about brothels overseas as we exculpate ourselves. Make no mistake: every day in hundreds of cities across this country, outside military bases, the White House, State Capitols, among the halls of power (and yes, in Las Vegas too), men are buying sex from literally thousands of girls and women and sometimes not paying them either. This is the true scandal, one that few are investigating and one that is not deemed worthy of such scrutiny. It should be. Nuestro escandolo, acqui.