Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of (underage) prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.
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I like the way they try to sanitize the matter by using terms like underage and prostitute. The bottom line is that it’s technically pedophilia (the girl was only 16 at the time) and that’s why the FBI is involved.
It’s an all too common practice for wealthy creeps to travel to foreign countries looking for a taste of forbidden fruit and yes, even though it happened outside the US, it’s still a federal crime. All too often these girls (and boys) are kept as virtual slaves. Because of that even the UN and Interpol are involved in investigating these human traffickers in the sex tourism trade.
To call them prostitutes is to dismiss the fact that these kids are being bought and sold and held against their will, forced to provide sexual services to rich bastards with political connections.
It should be interesting to see if Menendez will be able to use his influence to slither out of this. Perhaps the most we can hope for is that he’ll be forced to announce that he’s resigning (to spend more time with his family, wink) in exchange for the FBI dropping the matter.
Once again we’ll witness how the ruling elite are above the law, laws that guys like him craft and impose on us common serfs.
One last point, apparently not only the FBI but ABC News was aware of this long before the election in which Menendez ran for re-election, but they kept the matter hushed up. Now that Menendez won another term in the Senate, he’s better positioned to barter his way out of any criminal prosecution. Very nice.