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Chile Population: 16,601,707

President Michelle Bachelet accepted Friday the resignation of the director of Chile’s PDI investigative police, Arturo Herrera, amid a scandal over allegations that members of his force aided and abetted a prostitution ring which exploited underage girls… Though the prostitution ring was broken up in the autumn of 2007, the uproar over possible police misconduct began just weeks ago with the airing of a television documentary about the operation run by pimp Carlos Parra Ruis, known as ‘Charly.’

…The documentary said that several police detectives were regular customers at the two brothels run by Charly: the Hotel Louisiana and the Cabaret Pandemonium, both in Valparaiso.

Those detectives were allegedly protecting Charly’s operation, taking payment in the form of sessions with drugged girls.

Some of the girls also said they were taken to the police barracks to have sex with officers.

While the prostitution ring was eventually broken up by PDI officers from the Santiago division assigned to Valparaiso, Channel 13 said that neither police leadership nor prosecutors were willing to investigate the charges about cops’ collusion with Charly.

Prostitution: Legal

Brothel Ownership: Illegal

Pimping: Illegal