- Investigation is launched into allegations that agents and servicemen cavorted with up to 20 prostitutes
PUBLISHED: 18:39 EST, 21 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:30 EST, 21 April 2012
The sex scandal involving call girls and President Obama’s bodyguards will cost US taxpayers the equivalent of £1 million, it was revealed last night.
A team of US investigators flew to Cartagena, Colombia, to launch a sweeping probe that has already cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The team is investigating allegations that a dozen US Secret Service agents and 11 military security men cavorted with as many as 20 prostitutes while they were preparing for the President to attend a trade summit last weekend.
One of the two Colombian women at the centre of the furore, which has so far cost six bodyguards their jobs, broke down in tears when she gave her account of the weekend.
Maria Camila, 22, who describes herself as a student, insisted that she is not a prostitute and was not paid by the bodyguard, who was staying at a beachfront resort, the Hotel Caribe.
‘I didn’t talk with him about money,’ said Miss Camila. ‘My guy never touched me. He never gave me a kiss or anything.’
She said she struck up a conversation with 24-year-old Dania Suarez, who was with another Obama agent at a Cartagena disco. After ordering two bottles of vodka, the man agreed to pay Dania for sex, Miss Camila said.
She admitted going back to the hotel with a second agent for what she described as ‘a platonic evening’.
The next morning, a row erupted in the hotel corridors after Miss Suarez shouted that she was supposed to receive £500 for her services, including a pack of condoms. The agent paid her only £20, she claimed.
It is said Miss Suarez has admitted she was working as a prostitute to earn money for her nine-year-old son and a course at beauty school.
Experts have told The Mail on Sunday that the inquiry began because of fears that the two women may have been part of a large ring of prostitutes with ties to ‘terrorists’ attempting to infiltrate and sabotage President Obama’s security.
‘The lowest price tag for the investigation will be well over $1.6 million [£1 million],’ a Washington insider said.