[Ed. – So thoughtless not to have done this before.]
The Justice Department is sending a memo to all its employees Friday warning them that soliciting prostitutes is a violation of department policy, whether off duty or on. The caution follows recent allegations that Drug Enforcement Administration agents had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels in Colombia.
“Regardless of whether prostitution is legal or tolerated in a particular jurisdiction,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. wrote, “soliciting prostitutes creates a greater demand for human trafficking victims and a consequent increase in the number of minor and adult persons trafficked into commercial sex slavery.”
Justice Department officials will also review the security clearances of the DEA agents accused of engaging in sexual misconduct in Colombia to ensure that they do not present a security risk. The agents could be suspended or fired, an official said. …
“Department leadership takes very seriously the allegations laid out in the IG’s report and acted quickly to remind all employees that they are prohibited from participating in commercial sex acts and will be suspended or terminated for violating the policy,” Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said.
She said the rule applies at all times for Justice Department employees, including while off duty or on leave, and it doesn’t matter whether the activity is legal or tolerated in a particular jurisdiction, foreign or domestic.