It’s Not an Adventure it’s a Job

For Colombian Women, It’s Not an Adventure It’s a Job.

One of the hardest things to tell a client is that his Colombian girlfriend is scamming him. Therefore, for Colombian women, it’s not an adventure it’s a job. Examine the circumstances, fifty-five-year-old American with a twenty-two-year-old Colombian woman. You met her in a bar in Medellin or Cartegena or you found her on a web site promoting love with Colombian beauties. First of all, most Colombian women are well versed in taking advantage of American men. They will tell you what you want to hear. In other words, as long as you give them money they will tell you anything to keep the money flowing.

By Providing Economic Assistance, You Are Paying Them to Lie to You

Secondly, if you do get involved with a Colombian woman, eventually, she is going to ask for money. Especially relevant, is the fact that once the financial aid stops so do they. Consider, that when I interview these women, they all say that they have to work. Too many of them, that means going to the local watering hole, where there are “Gringos” and picking a target to solicit. Yes, make no mistake, when you are approached by a young, attractive Colombian woman in a bar, you are being solicited. Since there is an economic nexus between you and her, you are paying her to lie to you. You are living out your fantasy. The reality is that most Colombian women have a boyfriend and have no intention of leaving Colombia to marry a “Gringo”.

Since there is an economic nexus between you and her, you are paying her to lie to you. You are living out your fantasy. The reality is that most Colombian women have a boyfriend and have no intention of leaving Colombia to marry a “Gringo”. You may ask yourself, “how come this guy knows so much about Colombian Women?” The answer is simple, I get the opportunity to investigate these women when their boyfriend figures out something is not right.

So, before you get too deeply involved, emotionally and financially, you would be well served to have them checked out first.

Is Medellin Safe and how safe is it?

Most asked question to me is; Is Medellin safe?

I have been asked several times about the overall safety of traveling to Medellin.  What i hear is the following question. “I’d like to visit a friend in Medellin but is Medellin safe and how safe is it? Would you recommend visiting?”

Conducting private investigations here for some time I can tell you that, Medellin is much safer these days than it used to be. During the Escobar era it was dangerous, now it is opening up more and more to tourism. The United States classifies Colombia as having “some risk” similar to France and the UK, so caution should be exercised and there are some areas to avoid. For more information, you can read up on Colombia’s classification at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/colombia-travel-warning.html.

Generally: Is Medellin Safe and how safe is it?
Expats traveling to or living in Colombia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. We recommend you contact your insurance provider to ensure you have appropriate cover for Colombia.

Local travel
Illegally armed groups involved in drug production are active throughout Colombia and present a significant risk to safety. Armed groups have been linked to kidnapping, terrorism, and violent crime. In some parts of the country, the authority of the Colombian state is limited and travel can be dangerous. The risk is highest in remote and rural areas and in any area where drugs are cultivated.

We recommend avoiding travel outside the main routes and to remote areas. Main routes are generally safe during daylight hours although we advise against traveling them at night. We recommend flying between major cities and minimizing the use of vehicles for trips through rural areas. In addition, we recommend you seek up-to-date advice from the local authorities before you travel to remote areas and monitor local media as the security situation may change quickly.

Travelers are also advised to avoid crossing the borders into and out of Colombia by land. Political tensions between Colombia and its neighbors and the presence of drug traffickers means the border areas are subject to armed security activity and may be closed at short notice.

Unexploded landmines and ordnance present a danger in Colombia. We recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths as mined areas are often unmarked.

So, Just how safe is it?

Kidnapping
Despite significant reductions in recent years, there is still an ongoing risk of kidnapping throughout Colombia. Foreigners may be specifically targeted. If you decide to travel to areas of high risk, we strongly advise seeking professional security advice.

Express kidnappings also occur in Colombia, where individuals are forced to withdraw funds from automatic teller machines (ATMs) to secure their release. To reduce the risk of this occurring we recommend you use ATMs which are located within bank branches and during daylight hours only. Many cases involve victims that have been picked up by taxis hailed from the street – we recommend you use pre-booked taxis.

Violent Crime
Crime rates are high in Colombia. Violent crime remains prevalent and petty and street crime is a problem in urban and tourist areas.

We advise against traveling alone or at night and recommend you avoid wearing or displaying valuables, such as jewelry and mobile devices. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery, mugging or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence. Victims have been killed and injured while resisting perpetrators.

There have been reports of criminals in Colombia using drugs to temporarily incapacitate victims and commit robberies or assaults. These may be administered through food, drinks, cigarettes, aerosols, and even paper flyers. Victims become disoriented quickly and are vulnerable to crime, including robbery and assault. Do not leave food or drink unattended or accept any food or drink from strangers or recent acquaintances. If you suspect you have been affected by such drugs, seek immediate medical attention.

Terrorism
Although the situation has improved in recent years, there remains an ongoing threat from terrorism throughout Colombia. This threat extends to major cities and public places, where there have been many explosions in recent years, including in Bogotá. On 19 February 2017, a bomb explosion near a bullfighting ring in Bogotá injured at least 30 people.

New Zealanders in Colombia are advised to be particularly cautious around government buildings, military establishments, transport infrastructure such as airports and public transport, commercial facilities and entertainment centers, all of which are potential targets for terrorist attacks. We recommend being security conscious always and following the advice of local authorities.

Civil Unrest
Protests, demonstrations, and strikes occur occasionally in Colombia. Localized civil unrest can often be accompanied by roadblocks and disruption to transport networks. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all rallies, protests, and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. You should monitor local media for any upcoming demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.

 

 

 

Private Investigator Medellin

Private investigator Medellin gives some advice on doing investigations in Colombia. For many years this country was embroiled in a bloody and violent civil war. As a result, the residual effect has permanently found a place culturally with many Colombians being very suspicious of any thing that is unusual or out of place within their neighborhoods, business or families. This makes doing any kind of investigation challenging.

In other Latin American countries, conducting an investigation can be done with little to no interference. However, here in Medellin as well as all of Colombia, roadblocks, and obstacles present themselves in the form of neighbors gossiping about a strange car or person in the neighborhood to the authorities preventing or obstructing investigative efforts.

Obviously, to have a good and productive investigation, it is necessary to approach the project with deliberation and a well thought out plan. Also, all investigations must be well funded. Almost everything here requires payment in one form or the other. Specifically, background information usually has to be bought. This is in contrast to other neighboring countries that have access to public records for anyone who asks. Here, because of the violence and kidnappings that occurred while the civil war was raging, obtaining public records with regard to personal information is not easily accomplished.

Surveillance cases present a unique challenge in as much as traditional methodology requires a stationary vantage point to observe the target. Doing so here in Medellin can result in various problems. Anything from being assaulted at gunpoint to the police arresting you. Thus most surveillances here have to be random checks and using more than two investigators. We have found this to be the best approach as the target and or their neighbors don’t see the same car or face more than once.

If at all possible, a surveillance should be planned well in advance of the desired time it needs to be conducted.