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Abaca: modern slavery in the Ecuadorian fields
Diego Cazar Baquero and Susana Moran. Photography: Luis Arguello. Translation: Aida Calderon

The decorticator removes the excess water of the abaca. But, a fiber of abaca could become a razor. Many have been mutilated in this process. Workers have not been provided with the appropriate tools.

 

Ecuador says goodbye to Julian Assange
After nearly seven years, the Australian hacker left the Ecuadorian embassy in London
Free Assange?
We have forgotten that the Correa’s government needed to make up its liberties in the face of an international context that looked badly at the Ecuadorian regime and that was pushed to welcome Assange in 2012.
Ecuador is debating Marriage Equality
Redacción Plan V

If this measure is approved, Ecuador would join countries like Mexico and Argentina where same-sex marriage is legally performed.

Free Assange?
Gabriel Hidalgo Andrade
Ecuador says goodbye to Julian Assange
Redacción Plan V
An anti-mining activist will govern a province
Redacción Plan V

Correa questioned the appointment of Salazar, he considers her to be biased in favor of his political enemies.

Diana Salazar, the first black attorney general
A 37-year-old black young woman is the new Attorney General of Ecuador. There is a great expectation among the people and the political class.

Lady Diana Salazar, 37, is a lawyer and the first black woman to serve as the Attorney General of Ecuador. The Council for Citizen Participation organized the contest after which she was sworn in by the National Assembly. There is great hope that she will investigate thoroughly corruption cases that involve the ex-president Rafael Correa and people linked to his administration.

The teenagers recruited by gangs from impoverished neighborhoods would go to parties allegedly in exchange for money, alcohol, and gifts.

Ecuador: a teenage prostitution ring
A North American citizen, manager of an oil company, is allegedly the ringleader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, and prostitution of teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods in Quito.

The Ecuadorian Police arrested a 75-year-old North American engineer from Houston who is believed to be the leader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, prostitution, and pornographic videos. According to the first investigations, “El Abuelo” (translates to The Grandfather) organized sexual events with minors of both genders at his apartment in an expensive neighborhood in the North of Quito.

Photo: Chase Fletcher

 

Quito: the city that does not love dogs
According to a study done by the University San Francisco of Quito, there is a stray dog for every 22 people.

Fauna in the Ecuadorian capital, like dogs and cats, is a public health concern. The growth of the animal population became almost unmanageable due to the authorities apathy and the lack of support to the few private non-profits.

Hernán Salgado: Ecuador can´t go on with the current state of the justice system
Hernan Salgado made a promise: “We want to dictate quality sentences. We want to dictate short and precise sentences. ”

The new president of Ecuador´s Constitutional Court, Hernán Salgado Pesantez, denounced the previous administration for selling sentences. They also found writings that after leaving the Plenum of the Court were changed before arriving at the Secretariat.

Isla Trinitaria: wounds four years after a brutal eviction
On March 27 of 2015, one of the most violent evictions took place, 40 families were dislodged by the administration of Rafael Correa with a zero-tolerance policy against land invasions.

More than 50% of the irregular settlements in Ecuador are in Guayaquil, the main Port in the country, one of these places is Isla Trinitaria. It is an unprivileged sector located in the south of the city hit by marginality and extreme poverty. Its population is mostly afro-descendants, they settled on this Island where land dealers offered them a place to live without a legal backup. The Island, an old landfilling, is the home of