Wiener was spending time in the Angeles City red light district when he apparently stopped a photographer on the street to take a picture of him posing with a quartet of scantily clad women in an area well known as a hub of prostitution.
It turned out, however, the photographer was not just some American tourist taking in the sights. He was a professional photographer named John Keatley, who was in the country documenting the sex tourism industry.
Now, the Bernalillo County commissioner and ex-state senator is facing questions about what exactly he was doing there after the photographer posted the photos online along with a description of the encounter.
"You can't assume anyone there on the street is there for sex," Keatley said Thursday in an interview with TPM. "But my encounter with Michael Wiener was very different…It was very obvious to me that he was not respectful to women. He was there to have a good time."
Keatley said the women in the photo were what are called "bar girls." They are often prostitutes who work at bars in a section of the city known to have one of the most booming sex trades in the world. "There is this place where everyone is for sale and boatloads of Americans are going there for one purpose only," Keatley said.
Albuquerque, N.M., television station KOB-TV confronted the Republican commissioner with the photograph this week and gave him a chance to respond. Wiener acknowledged he was the person shown in the picture but denied he was there to pay for sex. He said he was in the area with his girlfriend and that the two of them were waiting to catch a plane to visit his daughter in a nearby city.
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