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LGBTI: No diversity, no democracy
Redacción 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


Smuggling is part of the organized crime network

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


The smuggling of goods is nothing more than an expression of how criminal organizations evade the law and formality to make huge profits. Smugglers, drug traffickers, human traffickers, women traffickers, and criminal groups cohabit along this path. The problem is that the country has normalized illegality and informality.
Bahamas: a more costly route for Ecuadorian migrant smuggling, but just as unsafe.

This is one of the last photographs of the group of Ecuadorians who disappeared after arriving in the Bahamas. Photo: Courtesy of 1800 Migrante


The recent disappearance of five Ecuadorians on their way to the United States showed that the Bahamas route has regained strength. Coyote smugglers promise greater security in exchange for thousands of dollars, but it is just as risky as the route through Mexico. The Foreign Ministry acknowledged that there is a new wave of risky and irregular migration to the United States. Every year, there are more than 100 complaints of migrant smuggling in Ecuador. But only half of them are settled in court.
Albanian Drug Suspect’s Banana Bonanza
Redacciones Plan V y OCCRP

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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.


‘My uncle got seven metal pellets out of his head’
Redacción Plan V

Photo: Willy David Maigua


Ecuador: following the trail of those killed in the protests
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The worst data leak in the history of Ecuador discovered
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The singer's band was arrested in October 2018 with 741 kilos of drugs.

Drug trafficking: justice is shipwrecked in the "reasonable doubt"
A singer from Guayaquil related to drug trafficking cases that was released a few weeks ago. The same happened with three men who were found with 1 million dollars in the main terminal of the Main Port. The judges make use of the "reasonable doubt" to release them.

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.

Ecuador´s Prosecutor points against Ola Bini with the thesis of the "screenshot"
According to the document, "Ola Bini has thousands of devices controlled by Ecuadorian citizens, around 1400, between phones and computers." The police report warns that, allegedly, "Ecuador is targeted by computer attacks that may have to do with the group that works with Ola Bini."

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.

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 says goodbye to Julian Assange
After nearly seven years, the Australian hacker left the Ecuadorian embassy in London

The administration of Rafael Correa had granted him asylum. Assange lived in one of the embassy´s offices, which cost six million dollars to the taxpayers. Although the current president, Lenin Moreno, agreed to grant him Ecuadorian citizenship, it was “suspended” due to multiple inconsistencies on how it was granted.

An anti-mining activist will govern a province
Yaku Pérez, an anti-mining activist and Ecuadorian indigenous leader has been part of Andean Peoples organizations

Perez, whose original name is Carlos, changed his name to Yaku, word for water in Quechua, because of his commitment to the defense of the water sources in the Andes. As the leader of the organization for indigenous people from the Sierra in Ecuador, he opposed and questioned policies of Rafael Correa´s administration (2006-2017) that open the doors to great foreign mining companies wanting to exploit gold, silver, and copper deposits from the mountains in the south of the country.

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.

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

Ecuador is debating Marriage Equality
The Ecuadorian Constitutional Court is looking for a legal way to allow same-sex marriage in Ecuador.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights urged the Latin American countries to legalize same-sex marriage and although the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008 defines marriage solely as the union of a man and a woman, the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court is analyzing the possibility to implement the IACHR´s advice.

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.