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The Secret Service agents will have to tighten their belts

WASHINGTON – No more evenings over-watered and foreign prostitutes in hotel rooms: the good life is over for the Secret Service agents after their escapades in Colombia.

On Friday the new rules announced also prohibit trips to the “little frequentable institutions” and require the men responsible for ensuring the security of the President of the United States to comply with U.S. laws, even abroad.

These measures take effect immediately, said a spokesman for the Secret Service. They were taken two weeks after a memorable night of debauchery in Cartagena, Colombia, and while a looming scandal of the same order around a journey of Barack Obama in El Salvador in 2011.

The new rules did not mention prostitutes or strip clubs, but they prohibit employees from allowing foreigners – except hotel staff or foreign law enforcement colleagues – into their hotel rooms. They also ban visits to “non-reputable” establishments, which were not defined. The State Department was expected to brief Secret Service employees on trips about areas and businesses considered off-limits to them.

“Alcohol can be consumed in moderate amounts when not in use for a temporary mission assignment, and consumption of alcohol is prohibited within ten hours prior to taking office,” the text by Reuters had knowledge.

It is totally forbidden to drink within the hotel where the manager that agents are responsible for protecting from the moment it arrives there, adds the new regulation, which provides that a member of the Department Professional Responsibility provide guidance “ethical” agents prior to their departure.

Twelve Secret Service agents were accused of having brought 21 prostitutes in Colombia in their hotel rooms before the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena. Eight have resigned, three were cleared and the last suspended. Twelve soldiers are also being investigated.

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