Apparently 59 year-old Senator Bob Menendez (D, NJ) has been taking trips to the Dominican Republic to have sex with underage girls. This poses several problems.
The age of consent in the Dominican Republic is 18. The PROTECT Act, a U.S. law passed in 2003, made it a federal crime for Americans to engage in sex for money with anyone under 18, even in countries where the age of consent is lower.
Second, these trips have been paid for by a “longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen.” This is a problem because,
[Senate rules] require senators to secure approval from the committee before allowing a private person or company to provide transportation or lodging related to official business. But the Senate’s “gift rule database,” available online, contains nothing related to a Menendez visit to the Dominican Republic.
The rules also allow senators to accept free lodging or travel as gifts from friends. Those transactions must also be documented on an annual financial disclosure report, and approved in advance by Senate Ethics committee if the value is more than $335. Menendez’s disclosures since the mid-1990s, when he was a member of the House of Representatives, include no mention of such gifts.
Now that he won reelection in November 2012, there is no longer a reason to keep Senator Menendez covered up.
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