Ecuador's police force is one of the region's most trusted

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

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

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...

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

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...
A cocaine lab being dismantled in Putumayo, Colombia

FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident...
The US Coast Guard had record seizures in 2015 and 2016, but basic technology is helping traffickers elude them

Basic Trafficker Technology Trumps Hi-Tech Authorities

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

Huge Ecuador Cocaine Seizures Signal Growing Role in Drug Trade

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...
Colombian Police escort Washington Prado Álava.

Ecuador’s Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar’: From Boatman to Drug Lord

New details have emerged on the largely unknown operations of a recently-captured Ecuadorean drug trafficker, shedding light on the crucial, and often overlooked,...