The Justice Department sent 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.
The department will also review the way the DEA conducts investigations to determine whether it is appropriately holding employees accountable when allegations are substantiated.