As part of their inquiry into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and whether he violated sex trafficking laws, federal investigators are closely examining a trip the congressman allegedly took to the Bahamas in 2018 or 2019, several people with knowledge of the matter told CBS News. Gaetz's travel companion was Jason Pirozzolo, a marijuana entrepreneur and hand surgeon, CBS News reports. Pirozzolo allegedly covered all of the travel and accommodation costs, and also paid for female escorts, people familiar with the matter said. Investigators are trying to determine if the women were illegally trafficked across state or international lines for the purpose of sex and whether Gaetz accepted paid escorts in exchange for political favors or access, CBS News says. Pirozzolo did not respond to requests for comment, while Gaetz's spokesperson told CBS News in a statement that Gaetz "never paid for sex, nor has he had sex with an underage girl."
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