US Troops Fighting Drugs in Colombia Raped Dozens of Girls–And Got Away With It

According to an independent report commissioned by the Colombian government and FARC rebels, United States soldiers and military contractors are responsible for sexually abusing at least 54 children between 2003 and 2007 — but they were not prosecuted because of immunity clauses in the American diplomatic treaties with the government.

The focus of the report was not on the Americans’ actions — it was intended to help those negotiating to end the 50-year-long conflict between the Colombian government and leftist rebels, and the behavior of the American soldiers and contractors is included in a section about the relationship between the United States and the Colombian government.

According to Renan Vega of the Pedagogic University in Bogota, the information about the sexual abuse is discussed as part of a historical treatment on the ways in which the American government helped its Colombian counterpart as part of the War on Drugs.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.