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Colombia May Regulate Prostitution Following Scandal

May 8, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — Colombian politicians have proposed a new bill that would regulate prostitution in Colombia, reacting to the scandal that erupted in Cartagena last month when members of the U.S. Secret Service reportedly hired prostitutes before the Summit of the Americas. Conservative Senator Armando Benedetti proposed the bill on Monday, noting that prostitution would remain legal in Colombia, but that the new law would “guarantee labor rights and public health”. It’s not clear whether the bill would pass, but Colombia’s Catholic church remains opposed to prostitution despite its legality. So far, at least eight Secret Service agents have lost their jobs as a result of the scandal.

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