It’s the same, but it’s different. It’s like when you buy a fine rum or a BlackBerry or an iPhone. They have a different price.
You wouldn’t guess it from the furor over the scandal, but prostitution is actually legal in parts of Colombia. From the New York Times:
Prostitution is legal in Colombia in “tolerance zones.” A number of brothels in Cartagena are in these zones…..
[Recent] investigations have cast a light on Cartagena’s freewheeling nightlife, where prostitutes walk the street, the bars and an array of private clubs, where they sometimes live and in some cases charge $300 or more to go out with customers. Exactly where the American security personnel met the women they reportedly took back to their rooms was still under investigation, the American officials said, with more than one establishment under review.
Brothels under review. Does Partner Emeritus have a Yelp account?
Should the United States follow the lead of Colombia and permit prostitution? Back in 2008, Above the Law readers voted in favor of legalization. Have your views changed over the last four years?
Escort Recounts Quarrel With Secret Service Agent [New York Times]
In Agent Scandal, Inquiry Leads to Colombian Bordellos [New York Times]