A prostitute in Cartagena: not exactly kids’ stuff. (MANUEL PEDRAZA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

In Washington, bringing tots into the workplace can sometimes get a little awkward--especially these days, what with all the talk of prostitutes.

At the State Department, for example, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland opened up her regular briefing by welcoming the children of reporters and federal employees who were there to observe grown-ups at work. But things got uncomfortable when the business at hand got a little risque.

Nuland was fielding a question from a reporter about reports that Secret Service officers may have hired prostitutes in El Salvador.

Nuland grimaced a bit before delving into her answer. “What a subject to be talking about on Bring Your Kid to Work Day,” she began.

After one reporter tried to keep the prostitution talk “G-rated,” Nuland seemed to give up.

“Parents, you can explain all of this later,” she said.