Nema Grefa (left) and Andrés Ruíz (right), president and vice president of the Sapara Nation of Ecuador. Press conference on Tuesday May 25 outside the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador. They denounced the handover of his ancestral territory to an organization that they consider "illegitimate", associated with Andes Petroleum. Photos: Ramiro Aguilar, Andrés Yépez, Josué Araujo. Photo: Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín @miro.a.villamarin (Ig)
Between January and July 2021 alone, more than 62,000 Ecuadorians were detained for irregular entry into the United States. Photo: EFE
This AP image shows a dead prisoner on the roof of the Penitenciaría del Litoral. Photo: AP
Thousands of Ecuadorians arrived by plane to Mexico before the imposition of the visa and then had to cross by land to the United States. Photos: Courtesy Pamela Cevallos / Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Mexican army soldier attempts to detain a group of irregular migrants at a point on the border with the United States. Photo: AFP
This is part of the largest shark fin smuggling seized in Hong Kong in May 2020 and was shipped from Guayaquil, Ecuador. There were 26 tons, 30,500 sharks killed for their fins and the fine imposed Photo: taken from the South China Morning Post, photo by Nora Tam.
The increase of Ecuadorian migrants traveling with children has caught the attention of authorities and tour operators in Mexico. Photo: EFE
Police found 9.6 tons of cocaine in a warehouse in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which had the facade of a water bottling plant. Photos: Ecuador Police
A white truck with the façade of a water delivery truck was the first clue that led to the seizure of the largest cocaine shipment ever found in Ecuador. Last July 23, three men were driving in that vehicle in the Los Vergeles sector, in Guayaquil, but when they saw the police presence they tried to escape. The police pursued them until the truck entered a warehouse. The agents had already received confidential information that the truck was being used to transport drugs and was being guarded by a black car.
The Global Organized Crime Index assesses the levels of organized crime in 194 countries around the world, as well as their resilience to organized criminal activity. The Index, which consists of two composite metrics, ranks countries on the basis of their levels of crime, with a score from 1 to 10 (lowest to highest level of crime), and on the basis of their resilience to organized crime, from 1 to 10 (lowest to highest level of resilience).
Malaysia is the world's new garbage dump, after China closed its doors to U.S. plastic waste. The image shows plastic waste arriving at its main port. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/The Guardian
Read PART TWO of this investigation here: Thousands of tons of dirty plastic waste from the U.S. are washed in Ecuador.
Published on 2021-01-25
Police recaptured this morning 65 prisoners who escaped from Latacunga prison. Photo: Ecuador Police
Photographs and videos: Luis Argüello. PlanV
Published on 2021-04-14
During the day, Sardinas seems to be a community of only children. Dozens of them play in the center of town while waiting for their parents to finish their chores in the fields. They hang from a tree, others kick a ball. They walk through the streets, disheveled, barefoot and many of them hungry.
Latacunga is one of the three maximum security prisons in the country. But like other prisons it has many vulnerabilities. File: PlanV
The inhabitants of Pacto state that their main livelihood is agriculture, specifically the cultivation of sugar cane and the production of panela.
Photos: Luis Argüello / PlanV
An unknown battle is being fought in the northwest of Quito. Hundreds of Pacto families dedicated to sugarcane cultivation and panela production fear that their livelihoods will be affected by mining. For more than 80 days, the communities of this rural parish have been on vigil. They have organized to prevent vehicles from leaving the area with rocks extracted from the mines.
Jorge Luis Zambrano, alias Rasquiña or JL, while leaving Latacunga prison, on June 6, 2020.
Updated as of December 28, 2020
How does a convicted felon go from 20 to eight years in prison? The answer was found by Jorge Luis Zambrano Gonzalez, alias Rasquiña and leader of Los Choneros, and Judge Jose Tamayo Arana. The magistrate, who worked in the Criminal Judicial Unit No. 2 of Guayaquil, is the author of a controversial sentence that benefited Rasquiña so that he could be released from prison early, last June.
Before being extradited to the United States, the drug lord ordered the killing in Ecuador of several officials and police officers who managed his capture. Photo: EFE
Published on 2018-04-16
This is one of the few images of Telmo Castro when he was captured for the second time in 2013.