Colombia: US Government Officials Making Pornographic films while Molesting underage girls

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Colombian Rapes

Scribe: N. Tru Bass



US Soldiers and military contractors have been accused of sexual molestation against young Columbian girls between the years of 2003-2007 according to a new report published by the country’s reconciliation commission. 

The allegations were discovered as a part of an 800-page report by an independent commission established by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  The aim of the commission is to document and determine the causes and consequences of the civil war that has devastated the country for a half-century and caused more than seven million deaths.

The portion of the document dealing with sexual abuse allegations was authored by Renan Vega, of the National university of Colombia in Bogota. 

Vega said in a recent interview with Colombia Reports, “There exists abundant information about the sexual violence, in absolute impunity thanks to the bilateral agreements and the diplomatic immunity of United States officials.” 

The report alleges the majority of the abuses took place in Melgar, a town in the province of Tolima, about 60 miles southwest of Bogota.  In one telling of events contractors based at the Tolemaida Air Base were abused more than 50 underage girls while making pornographic videos. 

In another event in 2007, one US sergeant and a security contractor were accused of sexually molesting a 12-year-old girl.  Based on a Colombian prosecutors report, the girl had been drugged and assaulted on a military post by Sergeant Michael J. Coen and military contractor Cesar Ruiz, they both enjoyed the benefit of US immunity and were flown out of the country when allegations surfaced. 

The girl and her family left Melgar and moved to Medellin, claiming harassment and threats from the US/Allied forces.

According to the Colombian government there have been 7,234 women who registered as victims of sex crimes and these events are tied directly to foreign involvement in oil and military endeavors.  

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