Dania Londoño Suarez, the woman at the center of one

of the biggest scandals to hit the U.S. Secret Service since

its inception under President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.



Dania Londoño Suare: The Woman Who Rocked the U.S. Secret Service (El Espectador, Colombia)


“She didn’t seem upset while in my cab … She even laughed from time to time. She said the man was from Obama’s security detail, that he told her this while at the disco, and that the man was rude, not only because he only paid her $30, but because he slammed the hotel door in her face.”


-- Cartagena Taxi Driver Jose Peña


By Jerly Calvo Licero


Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez


October 9, 2014


Colombia - El Espectador – Original Article (Spanish)

Dania Londoño Suarez: Her life turned upside down, she is learning what a difference one tight-fisted client can make when he works for the U.S. Secret Service.


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With Washington again atwitter over the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal that emerged during President Obama's trip to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas, we thought it timely to post this column from Colombia's El Espectador, which focused on the woman at the center of the conroversy, Colombian escort Dania Londoño Suarez.


Cartagena: Few people know Dania Londoño. Some say she is reserved and meticulous – and that she is now in Caracas.


The last time Dania Londoño Suarez walked the quiet streets of Cielo Mar in Cartagena, it was with Valentino, a white French poodle, a playful and friendly dog she took for a walk every afternoon. She was careful with money and was polite - just a good morning or good afternoon. At 24, she said little in the neighborhood she lived.


She is medium height, bronze skin and straight hair. “Beautiful, simply beautiful,” recall those who saw her at bars in the walled city of Cartagena.


Dania no longer resides in Cielo Mar, a neighborhood of three square acres near the beach and the Rafael Nuñez Airport, which now attracts an endless stream of TV crews and photographers. She has either left or fled. She got lost, along with Valentino and her son of nine-years-old Mateo, with whom she lived. She said nothing and no one saw her leave.


Dania lived in Cielo Mar for a year and three months, on the second floor of a picturesque white house. She paid 900,000 pesos [$510] a month in rent. She studied to be a plastic surgeon. She is known to be a single mother with no boyfriend, has a handful of friends, is not talkative, and every morning she waited with her song for his school bus.


She has a reputation as a hard-worker who is cordial, a dedicated mother and well-educated. At night she is known to have frequented bars in Cartagena’s historic downtown looking for clients, she has a taste for handsome men, she is ambitious, loves wearing clothes from Studio F, and only drinks whiskey or champagne. That speaks volumes about Dania.


“She’s a darling. Very sophisticated and relaxed. She was not one to make noise or rumba in her apartment. Sometimes she went out alone, and at other times she went out with her child. Everything I know about her I have already told the media,” said a neighbor who requested that her name not be revealed.


According to U.S. newspaper The New York Post, Dania is the woman who sparked the scandal that now has the U.S. Secret Service on tenterhooks. Two days before President Obama arrived in Cartagena for the Sixth Summit of the Americas, Dania charged an agent $800 for a night at the Caribe Hotel. The next morning she complained because the presidential bodyguard wanted to pay her just $30.


To Jose Peña, the cab driver who drove her home on the day of the incident, Dania “seemed a young woman like any other, just a good-looking university girl - very, very pretty.” Peña learned of the incident, according to him, from the conversation he had with Dania and one of her friends who shared the cab ride. Following the incident, Dania and more than 20 U.S. Secret Service agents ended up being publicly pilloried.



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“She didn’t seem upset while in my cab”, Peña said. “She even laughed from time to time. She said the man was from Obama’s security detail, that he told her this while at the disco, and that the man was rude, not only because he only paid her $50, but because he slammed the hotel door in her face.”


There is no certainty about where Dania was born. Those that heard her postulate that her accent was from Cali, and say his son was born in San Andres.


Gutenberg Mendoza, a local construction worker in the area, was hired by Dania a couple of weeks ago. “She wanted a new coat of paint in her apartment. It was an easy job for which I was paid 80,000 pesos [$45]. It was three days work”.


Dania was meticulous, organized and detail-oriented. “Her apartment was always tidy. She was always well groomed and looking terrific,” says Gutenberg.



She dressed in black, white and florals. She always wore very high heels, sometimes in petite dresses and other times in low-cut tops, but she almost always dressed in tight jeans. She always wore her hair loose - always free. Her skin had a deep and health-looking tan that made her feel good.


Now she is rumored to be in Caracas, Venezuela. She had her luggage sent from Cartagena last weekend, paid her bills and left.

Posted by Worldmeets.US


The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security has responded to the scandal.


The sex scandal involving the U.S. Secret Service and a group of prostitutes in Cartagena on the eve of the Summit of the Americas continues to grow. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said that she would not allow the good name of the Secret Service to be stained and that her agency would continue it thorough investigation. Due to the scandal, nine Secret Service agents have been fired or resigned so far.


The incident has also had an impact on Cartagena’s political scene. Cartagena City Councilman Cesar Pion said that it’s time to “turn the page” andconcentrate on other issues of concern to the city.



For his part, Cartagena Government Secretary Nausícrates Perez demanded that the United States compensate the city, arguing that Cartagena is certainly not, “a city of whores.”


University research confirms his assertion.


According researchers at the University of San Buenaventura, only two percent of Cartagena’s female students aged between 18 and 27 offer escort services, and are commonly known as “prepaids.” According to one woman who wished to remain anonymous, they earn between five and eight million pesos[$2800-4,300] a month, and prefer foreign clients.




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