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Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, across Ecuador are being trafficked each year but few victims come forward because of shame and fear and little is known about the true scale of the problem, campaigners say.

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Ecuador's geographic location and other environmental characteristics have long provided incentives for transnational organized crime to exploit the country as a drug transshipment point and a logistical safe haven. Once considered one of the most insecure countries in the region, Ecuador has succeeded in tackling certain manifestations of violence in recent years. But drug trafficking through the country is on the rise, paving the way for possible growing insecurity further down the road.

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  • Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

    Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, are trafficked each year across Ecuador

    Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, across Ecuador are being trafficked each year but few victims come forward because of shame and fear and little is known about the true scale of the problem, campaigners say.

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    Ecuador's geographic location and other environmental characteristics have long provided incentives for transnational organized crime to exploit the country as a drug transshipment point and a logistical safe haven. Once considered one of the most insecure countries in the region, Ecuador has succeeded in tackling certain manifestations of violence in recent years. But drug trafficking through the country is on the rise, paving the way for possible growing insecurity further down the road.

  • Ecuador Fishermen Jailed Abroad Illustrative of 'Drug War' Justice

    Ecuador fishermen are used to move drugs

    Fishing industry workers and their families in Ecuador are pleading for assistance for over 100 fishermen incarcerated in foreign prisons on drug trafficking charges, highlighting how those at the bottom of the trafficking chain often pay a disproportionate judicial price in the war on drugs.

  • FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

    A cocaine lab being dismantled in Putumayo, Colombia

    Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident elements of the demobilizing FARC guerrilla group are maintaining operations in this traditional trafficking hub.

  • Basic Trafficker Technology Trumps Hi-Tech Authorities

    The US Coast Guard had record seizures in 2015 and 2016, but basic technology is helping traffickers elude them

    Despite the use of advanced technology by authorities to combat drug smuggling to the United States, organized crime groups in Latin America are still using basic technology to elude them. 

  • Huge Ecuador Cocaine Seizures Signal Growing Role in Drug Trade

    Ecuador seized over three metric tons of cocaine in just a few days

    Ecuador seized over three metric tons of cocaine in less than a week, a large haul that signals the country's growing role in the transnational drug trade as well as the possibility that increasing drug flows through the country could lead to security challenges.

  • Ecuador's Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar': from Boatman to Drug Lord

    Colombian Police escort Washington Prado Álava.

    New details have emerged on the largely unknown operations of a recently-captured Ecuadorean drug trafficker, shedding light on the crucial, and often overlooked, role that Ecuador plays in the international drug trade.

  • Police Captain Allegedly Key Part of Ecuador-Colombia Trafficking Ring

    Suspects in Ecuadorean trafficking ring

    Authorities in Ecuador believe a police captain played a central role in coordinating the Ecuadorean side of one of the biggest drug trafficking networks the country has seen, highlighting the key role corruption has played in establishing Ecuador as a transshipment route.

  • Unknown Ecuadorean's Arrest Sign of Low-Profile, High Volume Trafficking?

    Colombian authorities arrested an Ecuadorian suspected of trafficking 250 metric tons of cocaine

    Colombia's arrest of a major Ecuadorean drug trafficker and the dismantling of his organization, unknown to the public until now, illustrates the drug trade's fragmentation and the low profile that criminal actors now adopt to fly under the radar of authorities.

  • Multi-ton Seizures Point to Return of Massive Cocaine Shipments

    A seized multi-ton cocaine shipment

    A string of multi-ton cocaine seizures in Ecuador and the Caribbean suggest massive drug shipments have made a comeback in Latin America, a development that's likely linked to a surge in Colombian cocaine production. 

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