Large mining projects such as Cascabel coexist in the country with small artisanal mineral exploitations. Photo: Courtesy
Cajas, from one of its highest points, Tres Cruces, at 4,150 meters above sea level. This is an ancient lake and moorland system where two of the four rivers that cross the city of Cuenca originate. It is a protected area and any type of mining is prohibited. Photos: Luis Argüello / PlanV
Illegal mining left a bare, pitted and contaminated mountain. The State -through its ministries of Energy and Environment- has not taken care of the environmental liabilities. Photos: Luis Argüello / PlanV
Border patrol agents search unaccompanied minors in the city of La Joya, Texas, neighboring Ciudad Juarez, through which most Ecuadorians seeking to reach the U.S. transit. Photo: Hector Guerrero
Josefina Tunki, 59, lives and commutes in the heart of the Cordillera del Cóndor, where thousands of tons of gold and copper are extracted. She is the first president of the Shuar Arutam people. Photos: Luis Argüello / Plan V
Activists such as Danilo Manzano of the organization Diálogo Diverso, argue that there should be more favorable conditions for the participation of the LGBTI community. Photos: Luis Argüello / Plan V
"We can now get married, but there is still violence, mistreatment and even murder."
The "technical" smuggling is the one that takes place through sea and airports. This crime involves organized gangs that seek to establish a criminal legality in the process of importing and exporting goods. Photo: El Universo
On both the southern and northern borders of Ecuador, smuggling of goods coexists with other crimes associated with transnational crime: human trafficking, illegal mining and gold trafficking, fuel trafficking, trafficking of arms, ammunition and explosives, trafficking of drugs, chemical precursors and other controlled substances, trafficking of migrants, trafficking of timber and wildlife species, hired assassination...
This is one of the last photographs of the group of Ecuadorians who disappeared after arriving in the Bahamas. Photo: Courtesy of 1800 Migrante
A photograph was the link between Jime B.M. and five missing Ecuadorian migrants. Jime B.M. was arrested on May 27 at his home in Durán, after the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Police raided his home as part of an investigation into an alleged group dedicated to migrant smuggling.
The prosecutor of the Organized Crime Unit, Jhon Camposano, explained that this investigation arose from a complaint on social networks. The police located the relatives of the missing migrants on their way to the United States through the Bahamas.
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Albania’s top police officer took to the stage in February 2018 to announce a milestone in his force’s fight against drugs: the seizure of 613 kilograms of cocaine hidden among bananas arriving from Latin America.
It was the country’s biggest-ever drug haul and a welcome public relations coup for Tirana, which has been fighting accusations of becoming a narco-state.
Photo: Luis Argüello / PlanV
In the Eugenio Espejo hospital, some people have been injured during the protests. One of the most serious is Juan Olovacha who was operated to remove the pellets.
Juan Olovacha, 30, a native of Quisapincha, Ambato, was part of a group of 40 people who came from that community to protest against the Government of Ecuador on October 7. But a day later, in the middle of the demonstrations, the young university student was hit by a projectile in his head that left him seven embedded pellets. He is still hospitalized and is in an almost vegetable state. The seconds after the shot were recorded by amateur videos.
Photo: Willy David Maigua
Until October 14, the Ombudsman's Office recorded eight deaths in the protests that lasted 11 days. But information about the circumstances of their deaths comes to mind drops. For Minister María Paula Romo, the Police are not responsible for those deaths. Among the dead are two indigenous leaders of Cotopaxi, but one has not yet been located. The other is Inocencio Tucumbi, who was fired by thousands of Pujilenses last Saturday. This article was written thanks to the contributions of the communicator Willy David Maigua, who lives in Pujilí.
The singer's band was arrested in October 2018 with 741 kilos of drugs.
How do you avoid justice in drug trafficking cases? The anti-narcotic agents have it very clear. There are several levels and several figures that allow to favor the defendants, despite the evidence. For example, there is a first level where prosecutors are, who can refrain from accusing, reformulating charges, accessing effective cooperation or abbreviated procedures that benefit detainees in penalties.
The Prosecutor's Office of Ecuador continues to gather the evidence that it must present to accuse Ola Bini of a possible computer crime, and some of them have already been published. On the eve of the deadline for the investigation, on August 29, prosecutor Fabián Chávez reformulated the charges against the Swede. Now he accuses him of violating article 234 of the Criminal Code, which is included in the "crimes against good living" section and which consists of "non-consensual access" to a computer system. The prosecutor wields the "screenshot" theory.