Alternate Title: I am NOT the go-to guy for people looking to sleep with minors!
Your blog caused some controversy after I automated your posts to appear on CR’s facebook page. Check it out.
I’ve read this guy’s blog and while I find some of his entry’s interesting, the profanity and content doesn’t quite “go” with what I though CR was all about….just sayin’.
I actually agree. I never asked Adriaan to put my articles into the CR blog feed. But Adriaan and I are buddies; we hang out when I’m in Medellin. So he put my articles in the feed on his own.
Adriaan defended having Expat Chronicles in the feed, and then came this comment:
fair enough, i guess…if CR readers are coming here to do drugs and sleep with minors, then this is their go-to guide.
And I said “HOLD UP!”
I am NOT the go-to guy for people looking to sleep with minors!
The age of consent in Colombia is 14, but for our purposes here we’ll use the US definition of minors as under 18 years of age. I will NOT help anybody from any country find Colombian prostitutes under 18 years of age. I’ve received inquiries and turned away every one.
If someone asks about “jovenes” or drops “tight girls” into an email, I reply with the links to the relevant Colombian penal code concerning prostitution (which is legal), sex tourism, etc:
Colombian law is clear in prohibiting the facilitating or offering services for prostitutes under 18. Girls can’t be sex workers that young, and nobody can employ, house, promote, or help such a girl become one.
Not only is it illegal in Colombia, it’s also illegal for American citizens to do abroad. So I also include in the reply, if the inquirer seems to be American, a link to the PROTECT Act of 2003, which makes it illegal for US citizens to travel to other countries and have sex with boys or girls under 18.
And needless to say there are moral implications in facilitating sex with girls so young.
Back to the CR Controversy
So when I found this lynch mob rallying against me, I went to the Expat Chronicles FB page to rally the troops, all 47 of them. I published the link for the FB thread and a few long-time readers stood up for me. This brightened my day.
Sometimes I’ll get a comment or email from a reader that completely makes my day. Heart-felt appreciation for what I’m doing is rewarding. I got such a comment in that thread from David, who publishes Medellin Living.
Moving Forward on CR
I told Adriaan I understand if he wants to take my posts out of the feed. The first one caused backlash, and it’s going to happen as long as I’m writing. I’m so sure of it I put “Part 1” in the title of this piece.
Adriaan’s fiercely pro-free speech and adamantly against taking anything down because of public pressure. We’ve had discussions about neutrality and bias, and the guy is hardcore in his passion for independent journalism. But at the same time, this content is pretty bad … We’ll see what happens.
Either way, Adriaan and I have tentative plans for me to write for a new section on Colombia Reports. Stay tuned!
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