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European Cocaine Seizures Hint at New Possibilities for Colombia Traffickers

Major cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug...
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GameChangers 2017: What to Watch for in 2018

Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. There will be plenty of this in Latin America in 2018, helping organized crime deepen its roots...
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GameChangers 2017: Anti-Corruption Successes Fuel Elite Backlash

Corruption scandals have continued to break at dizzying pace across Latin America throughout 2017, spanning politics, business, the security forces, the judiciary...
Are Mexican cartels present in Ecuador?
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Ecuador Officials Reject Report Saying Mexico Cartels Operate There

Law enforcement officials in Ecuador rejected a recent report indicating that Mexican cartels have a presence there, in what is likely an attempt to preserve the...
Ecuador's police force is one of the region's most trusted
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Police Corruption Scandals Hit Well-Regarded Forces in Ecuador, Chile

In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America's most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most...
Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas
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Ecuador Vice President Detained Amid Probe of Alleged Odebrecht Links

A judge in Ecuador ordered Vice President Jorge Glas detained as an investigation looks into whether he took bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, in...
Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, are trafficked each year across Ecuador
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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...
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Ecuador Profile

Ecuador’s geographic location and other environmental characteristics have long provided incentives for transnational organized crime groups to exploit the...
Ecuador fishermen are used to move drugs
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Ecuador Fishermen Jailed Abroad Illustrative of ‘Drug War’ Justice

Fishing industry workers and their families in Ecuador are pleading for assistance for over 100 fishermen incarcerated in foreign prisons on drug trafficking...