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Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police Forces

INSIGHTCRIME.ORG /Parker Asmann REPORTED 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 highly-regarded security forces in the region are far from perfect.

Ecuador’s national police is currently embroiled in one of the most serious cases of corruption in the institution’s recent history.

The commander-in-chief and other high-ranking police officers allegedly approved the transfer of other officers to different cities in exchange for bribes between $1,500 and $4,000, El Comercio reported in June. According to the Ecuadorean investigative news outlet Plan V, more than 47,000 transfers were processed between 2014 and 2015, netting the group some $16 million, according to El Comercio.

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Moreover, between 2013 and 2017, nearly 1,000 Ecuadorean national police officers were dismissed, El Telegrafo reported. Slightly less than half of those were dismissed for allegedly criminal behavior. Most recently, two officers were dismissed after loading 85 kilograms of cocaine into a patrol car, while two more were dismissed for allegedly leading an extortion ring.

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Meanwhile, in Chile, arrests continue to pile up as a multimillion-dollar fraud scandal unfolds within the country’s national police force, known as the Carabineros.

Twenty-one individuals have been implicated in the latest round of arrests, bringing the total number of those allegedly involved in the scandal to 118, La Nación reported. The embezzlement scandal allegedly redirected as much as 25 billion Chilean pesos (around $40 million) from the institution’s coffers to the personal accounts of the officers under investigation.

At a hearing earlier this year, Chilean prosecutor Eugenio Campos called the scandal “the biggest embezzlement in the history of Chile.”

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The police forces of Chile and Ecuador are widely viewed as two of the most professional and trusted law enforcement institutions in Latin America. In the past, Ecuador’s police force has even been described as a “model for the region to follow.” The two countries also boast some of the region’s lowest homicide rates, which are often used as an indicator of police efficacy.

However, recent surveys show that citizens feel corruption is worsening in Latin America, and police forces tend to be the first bodies targeted for corruption by organized crime. Although the recent scandals in the South American countries are examples of internal graft schemes as opposed to cooptation by outside groups, the apparent willingness to engage in graft on the part of large segments of both forces suggests that they could be susceptible to external influence.

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Both Chile and Ecuador are key transshipment points for the global cocaine trade. It is possible that a boom in Andean cocaine production could provide crime groups in both countries with increased resources that they could use to target security institutions for cooptation.

Ecuador’s national police force is arguably at greater risk than Chile’s Carabineros. A number of recent multi-ton cocaine seizures suggests that the country is playing an increasingly important role in the global drug trade. Corrupting security forces, which criminal groups have done in the past in Ecuador, is often essential for these large shipments to be successfully trafficked.

Crime groups also appear to be ramping up activities in Chile. A recent report documented an explosive growth in the country’s contraband cigarette trade in recent years, which was linked to sophisticated criminal organizations that often rely on complicit security officials to operate. Some 20 cocaine labs have also been dismantled in Chile throughout the last year, suggesting that the country’s role as a drug consumption and transshipment point may be evolving to include production operations. READ ARTICLE AT INSIGHTCRIME.ORG

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Ecuador: Former member of Transparency Secretariat alleges he was forced to stop investigations

16 FEB 2017 hispanopost.com – machine translated |MARÍA ALESIA SOSA, Miami Diego Vallejo, a former member of the Transparency Secretariat of Ecuador, denounced how his superiors forced him to stop corruption investigations, involving senior government officials of Rafael Correa. “Now Vice President Jorge Glas directly called my boss, now Minister Jose Serrano, to ask him […]

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Cuba: Sound Sample of Sonic Warfare that diplomats heard

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Mexico: U.S. State Department allegedly not including some unnatural deaths in stats

jsonline.com reported the U.S State Department updated its data this week on the number of U.S. citizens who died in Mexico of unnatural causes during the first half of the year. Not included in the list? Abbey Conner, 20, a UW-Whitewater student who was pulled lifeless out of a pool under mysterious circumstances just hours […]

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Ecuador Mobile Phone Operators to tackle stolen phone problem, improve natural disaster response

GSMA We Care Ecuador: Mobile Operators Join Forces to Work on Natural Disaster Response and Tackle Handset Theft bnamericas.com / Ecuador’s mobile industry today launched the “We Care Ecuador” campaign, an initiative of the GSMA in Latin America to set up local actions that will help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Operators […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers assault passenger vehicle front of Malecon (Video)

Undated video shows three assailants at will assaulting a passenger vehicle with weapons on the main road in front of the famous tourist attraction Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. SAFETY, HEALTH, SECURITY IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BY ANYONE VISITING OR MOVING TO ECUADOR  

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Ecuador: U.N. study reveals high prevalence of physical, sexual, psychological violence against children

UN report on violence against children in Ecuador One study has revealed a high prevalence of physical, sexual and psychological violence in homes, schools and other places redaccionmedica.ec – machine translated – The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has criticized the high prevalence of sexual, physical and psychological violence […]

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Urdesa Guayaquil Ecuador: Businessman robbed, murdered in cold blood by motorcyclists

eluniverso.com reported (Machine Translated) Martha Gonzalez lives in central Urdesa 30 years ago and yesterday from the portal of her house saw agents of the Violent Death Unit perform the skills to solve the crime of a man who after trying to arrest two individuals who had just raided his business , was shot in […]

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Ecuador: Vice-President, uncle in custody awaiting corruption trial in connection to Odebrecht case

newsobserver.com / AP – Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was jailed Monday after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest while he is investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal. Police took Glas into custody at his residence in the city of Guayaquil and later transported […]

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Drug Arrest Colombia: Aussie Claims the proof of innocence in locked phone

abc.net.a / Accused Australian drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury says she cannot remember how to unlock her mobile phone, which contains evidence of threats to kill her family. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – EXCELLENT RESOURCE TO IMPROVE VOCABULARY The 22-year-old Adelaide woman was caught at Bogota’s El Dorado international airport in April, trying to smuggle 5.8 kilograms […]

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Bogota, Colombia: Australian woman detained for smuggling cocaine at airport

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – A GREAT REFERENCE BOOK May 2, 2017 thenewdaily.com.au – The purchase of a last-minute airline ticket in Hong Kong rang alarm bells among US drug agencies, which led to the arrest of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury in Colombia on drugs charges. The Australian newspaper has reported that the ticket, bought by […]

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Machala, Ecuador: Famous Iguanas of Parque Plaza Colón slaughtered with rat poison (video)

MACHALA ECUADOR – EXTERMINATION OF THE GRACIOUS IGUANA FROM A PARK Everyone who has visited Guayaquil, Ecuador wants to see the ancient Iguanas which grace an old park in the middle of this hot and humid port city. Machala, Ecuador also on the hot and humid side has invested millions of dollars in the once […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Video shows three thieves ripping off merchant

Cuenca Ecuador: Video shows three thieves working together to steal from a merchant not paying attention to what is going on. Event took place on 10 de Agosto in the commercial area. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – BE BETTER PREPARED – READ THIS BOOK Ivan Velesaca Video muestra como 3 ciudadanos aprovechan descuido y […]

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Colombia: Rights Violations, Atrocities need to be addressed in post conflict phase

theconversation.com / As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There are more than 8m registered victims, and today, Colombia is host to 7.4m internally displaced people – more than anywhere else in the world. Atrocities were committed […]

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Ecuador: 112 Women Murdered through September 17, 2017

Latacunga – Flor Pineda Bamba died at 00:30 yesterday because of an injury to the jugular, allegedly caused by his partner , in the streets Felix Valencia and Quijano, in the city of Latacunga. According to the police department of the uniformed New Circuit Vida, the crime would be a suspected femicide with the use […]

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Brazil: British tourist (canoeist), shot, sexually assaulted, murdered on river trip

telegraph.co.uk / Nicola Harley reported British teacher murdered by Amazon pirates refused offer of help from locals to accompany her as she canoed dangerous stretch of river – British canoeist Emma Kelty rejected an offer of safe passage through dangerous pirate infested waters prior to her murder over fears she was losing too much time […]

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Brazil: Lead Suspect in Robbery & Murder of British Tourist Kayaker, killed

independent.co.uk / Harriet Agerholm The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher […]

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Brazil: Lead suspect in robbery and murder of British tourist kayaker, killed

independent.co.uk / The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher from north […]

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Company in Ecuador breeds rare frogs, trying to stop illegal pet trade

Ecuador is home to over 500 frog species and many face risks from the illegal pet trade. One company thinks it knows how to stop it. These Beautiful Frogs Are in Trouble—Can Selling Them Help? nationalgeographic.com / By Sarah Gibbens Conservationists in Ecuador have taken a controversial approach to fighting the country’s illegal frog trade—they’ve […]

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Montanita Ecuador: Alibi for one of defendants in murder of two tourists, bites the dust

.infobae.com (Machine Translated) Jose Luis Perez Castro (31) is one of the defendants of the double crime of María José Coni (22) and Marina Menegazzo (21) – the Mendocinean tourists who were murdered in the Ecuadorian town of Montañita – and that yesterday suffered a severe setback in full trial: one of the key witnesses […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Prostitution, insecurity of concern to residents in parish El Vecino

elmercurio.com.ec / Prostitution and insecurity are aspects that concern the inhabitants of the parish El Vecino. In recent weeks they have met with the provincial authorities to put on the table proposals that help improve security in the 34 districts of the parish. Jorge Herrera, president of the parish El Vecino, said that the leaders […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Prosecutors, Police Raid offices of prominent family in corruption case

Cuenca, Ecuador: Police Raid offices of Eljuri Group in reference to Odebrecht corruption scandal eltiempo.com.ec reported the Office of the Prosecutor and the Judicial and Criminal Police, last night raided the offices of the Eljuri Group, located in Gil Ramírez Dávalos Avenue and Armenillas, as part of a research process. Police and prosecutors raided the […]

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Ecuador: American taken into custody for investigation in kidnapping of two women

elciudadano.gob.ec / Cuenca (Azuay) (machine translated) – The afternoon of Tuesday, September 12, foreigner Jonathan Matthew P., 33, was detained by the National Police for investigations, for being involved in an alleged kidnapping of two women of Colombian nationality . The incident took place at 4:00 p.m., in the Pórtico del Ejido building, located on […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Authorities discover fake taxi, with seals, color of legal taxi

ecuavisa.com / In an operation of the National Police carried out in Guayaquil, in Samanes stage III, to which were added the transit agents of the ATM, a vehicle was detected that carried a stamp of the Municipal Transit Authority with the number 05525 and a sticker of the which attracted attention and after an […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: U.S. Citizen allegedly abducts two Colombian sex workers

Two sex workers allege they were victims of false imprisonment by U.S. citizen and threatened with a knife when they wanted to leave the American’s apartment. elmercurio.com.ec (machine translated) / Two sex workers of Colombian nationality, 20 and 21, were allegedly abducted by a man of U.S. nationality yesterday afternoon in the Condominios Del Ejido […]

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Ecuador: Missing woman found working in brothel, victim of forced prostitution

eltelegrafo.com.ec (machine translated) reported…The National Police of Ecuador, through the Unit Against the Crime of Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking of Migrants (Ucdtptm), carried out the operation “Fortaleza 89” through which four citizens of Ecuadorian nationality, allegedly engaged in the crime of forced prostitution. The operation took place in Guayaquil, on Thursday, starting at 10:00 […]

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Ecuador: 2,402 criminal complaints filed a month by victims

eltelegrafo.com.ec / (machine translated) The most common crimes are micro-trafficking, theft and robbery. Prosecutor’s Office has 174 points of attention in the national territory, more than 40 prosecutors work in Quito and Guayaquil. Lorenzo was injured during a burglary outside his home. Some criminals beat him with the guns to steal the dump. The suspects […]

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Report states as much as 80 percent of crimes not reported in Ecuador

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported thefts, psychological violence, sexual abuse, physical violence and drug trafficking are the five most reported crimes in the province of Guayas. These figures are derived from the State Attorney General’s Office. However,numerous crimes are not reported to authorities. A study found that 80% of crimes in Ecuador go unreported. Other countries also have […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Double Murder in Hotel heist located in Historic Center (Aug. 17′)

Well Planned Heist – Double murder in a hotel in the Historic Center of Quito lahora / (machine translated) QUITO They had everything planned. Two criminals entered a historic downtown hotel to rob guests of many who were foreigners.. The buffoons waited until nightfall to attack the victims. They were willing to do everything in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Crime of Opportunity still threat for expats, travelers

cuencahighlife.com /Martin Simmons The young man who recently moved to Cuenca from California described how thieves stole his cell phone and $100 in cash the first month he was in town. Late at night, there are places to be avoided. Hearing his story, a middle-aged woman from New Jersey, standing next to him at a […]

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Babahoyo – Vinces Ecuador, bus attacked by armed assailants (video)

Armed criminals assault interprovincial bus that covered the route Babahoyo – Vinces / Some who have viewed this video believe the driver may have been involved with the assailants – notice bus slowing down and picking up passengers not at normal stop for an interprovincial bus. Video is Graphic (No SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR […]

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Mexico City, Mexico: Notorious Colombian Hotel Thief Detained, other suspect at large

noticieros.televisa.com / Mario Torres /machine translated/ José Mauricio Prieto Salamanca, a 36-year-old Colombian , was arrested last Friday in the vicinity of a Cuauhtemoc delegation hotel. Prieto Salamanca is related to four reports of theft in different hotels located in the Polanco, Santa Fe and Roma colonies. The Colombian has a history of robbery in […]

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Argentina: Expat allegedy murdered in his home by male prostitute

Finlay Ferguson was found naked on the bed of his Argentina home as a teenager was arrested over the grisly crime thescottishsun.co.uk FRIENDS of murdered Scots musician Finlay Ferguson have leaped to his defence over hurtful comments about his sex life in the wake of his death. INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK […]

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Ecuador: Bus Assaults Still threat, another one bites the dust route to Cuenca

BUS ON ZHUMIRAL-CUENCA ROUTE ASSAULTED BY ARMED THUGS (El Tiempo)  On Wednesday August 30th, 2017,  at 7:00 am. a Cooperativa Azuay bus was assaulted by armed thugs who feigned being passengers. Three of the so called passengers(robbers) then then allowed two more assailants on board the bus. One of the robbers fired his weapon into […]

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Ecuador: Cautionary tale of professional thieves targeting passengers on interprovincial buses

Despite all the security measures that have been put in place, travel on inter-provincial or long haul buses have security risks. Awareness is mandatory at all times including while getting on or off of a bus. The following story is an unedited version of a recent experience of an expat in Ecuador taking a trip […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Crime Wave of Dog Poisonings in neighborhood near San Marino Mall

Robberies in residential sector north of Guayaquil increased after dog poisoning Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) This series of crimes intensified after they poisoned the pet of Milton, the past 2 of July. Similar crimes have been committed since that day. The whistleblower said his dog (German shepherd) was barking loudly and driving away the criminals. […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Woman Arrested on Metrovia for stealing cell phones

eluniverso.com (machine translated) The woman was arrested for stealing at a Metrovía station, in the Florida sector, in the north of Guayaquil. At the time of the arrest, the woman was found with three cell phones. This morning, members of the National Police captured a woman who was subtracting cell phones at a Metrovía station, […]

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Otavalo, Ecuador: 8 year old boy kidnapped for ransom, found safe in hostel

eluniverso.com /(machine translated) OTAVALO, Imbabura. The mother of the kidnapped child was reunited with him in the police units. Otavalo – Dennis, the 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped last Saturday in Otavalo (Imbabura), reunited with his family yesterday. The police rescued him and arrested one of the alleged kidnappers. The little boy enjoyed the last […]

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Itarema Brazil: Lithuanian tourist cyclist assaulted, raped

laverdadnoticias.com – A 42-year-old Lithuanian tourist was assaulted and raped in the state of Ceará , Brazil , while participating in an expedition that toured South America on a bicycle for the Olympic year , local media reported. The rape occurred on Saturday when the group she accompanied, made up of about a dozen Lithuanians […]

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Michoacán, Mexico: Tourist from Ireland murdered, girlfriend from Arizona injured in robbery

TOURIST FROM IRELAND SHOT TO DEATH AFTER STOPPING AT GAS STATION TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. GILFRIENDfROM TUCSON ARIZONA ALSO INJURED, HOSPITALIZED irishexaminer.com 08-18-2017 The man, originally from Louth, was murdered in the Lazaro Cardenas region in the State of Michoacán on Tuesday. According to local media reports, the man was travelling with his American partner […]

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Mexico: Another journalist murdered, under government protection

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) (Breitbart.com) – A Mexican journalist under government protection was shot dead Tuesday in the violent state of Veracruz, an official said, the 10th journalist murdered in Mexico this year. Candido Rios, a crime reporter for a regional newspaper, was gunned down outside a convenience store in the eastern town of Hueyapan de […]

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Ecuador: Monster of the Andes, Serial Killer Documentary (Video)

Pedro Alonso Lopez became known as the “Monster of the Andes” in 1980 when he led police to 53 graves in Ecuador, all of the girls around nine to twelve years old, and in 1983 he was found guilty of the murder of 110 girls in Ecuador, confessing to a further 240 murders in Peru […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: scopolamine not only drug used to incapacitate victims

eluniverso.com (machine translated) Restricted substances are used in thefts of individuals They blow a substance from a piece of paper, they give them a towel, they touch them, they apply some substance to them, like perfumes, or they give them some drink and minutes later they lose their will to act or the knowledge, the […]

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Chile: Semi Trucks Set on Fire in arson attack, evidence points to Indigenous group

(Reuters/oann.com) – Eighteen semi trucks used to transport food were set on fire in a parking lot in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Saturday, local authorities said. The incident appeared to be intentional and the governor of the region of Araucania, Nora Barrientos, told local radio that evidence gathered at the scene linked […]

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Paraguay, Major Marijuana Powerhouse

Washington Post – CURUGUATY, Paraguay — Paraguay is a global marijuana powerhouse: The small South American country produces 9 percent of the world’s supply. But until recently, it wasn’t common there to see drug raids or hear helicopters thumping overhead in search of plantations. That’s all changing. Last June, Paraguay’s most prominent crime lord was killed by […]

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Totoracocha, Cuenca, Ecuador: Video of robbery with knife of pedestrians

2. Con cuchillo en mano así roban a transeúntes en Totoracocha #Cuenca. #MercurioEc @mercurioec @tomebamba pic.twitter.com/XgRDfwVavf — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) August 18, 2017 SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

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Cuenca Ecuador: Video of Motorcyclists Assaulting, Robbing Pedestrians

1. in #Cuenca video reveals how they operate criminals on a motorcycle in the Totoracocha sector. #MercurioEc | IVM 1. En #Cuenca video revela como operan delincuentes en moto en el sector de Totoracocha. #MercurioEc @mercurioec @tomebamba pic.twitter.com/K3XO6ENgBK — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) August 18, 2017 SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A […]

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Sao Paulo Brazil: Video of Cell Phone Theft on streets

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Ecuador: Graphic Video of Knife Wielding Bus Robbers

#URGENTE | #COMPARTE TO BE CAPTURED STRONGLY ARMED CRIME ROBANS TO PASSENGERS OF THE CITIM COOP IN THE VIA MILAGRO-GUAYAQUIL Moments of terror lived the passengers of the bus of the coop. #Citim when heavily armed criminals untied them. The unit covered the route #Milagro – #Guayaquil. The National Police dismantled a band that operated […]

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Venezuela: Military Base Attacked by Civilians, weapons stolen

axar.az/sputnik = The attack targeting the Paramacay military base in Venezuela was carried out by a group of civilians, the country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Sunday. Earlier in the day, media reported that a group of people wearing military uniform attacked the military base. Vice President of the Venezuelan ruling United Socialist Party […]

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Two Murders in Two Days in Portoviejo, Manabi Ecuador

PORTOVIEJO. The body of the victim, who was 50 years old. eluniverso.com With at least three shots, two of those visible in the head, Jimmy León Zambrano, 50, was killed yesterday morning in the sector of the Santa Cruz bridge in the capital of Manabi. Staff from specialized police units, such as the Dinased, were […]

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353 Ankle Bracelets in Use for monitoring criminal defendants in Ecuador

The use of the apparatus depends on the penitentiary regime of the accused and the type of trial and sentence issued by the judge. Writing Justice Andrés (protected name), 18, 20 days ago had problems with justice and the judge, as a precautionary measure, ordered the young man to use an electronic device of free […]

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Violent Crimes Up Sharply in Rio de Janeiro

folha.uol.com.br / LUIZA FRANCO/Official data confirms the general feeling of insecurity in a State that today is under reinforcement by police from the National Security Force and troops from the Armed Forces. The number of violent deaths in the first semester of this year (3,457) increased by 15% compared to the same period in 2016. […]

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How to identify counterfeit five dollar bills in Ecuador

confirmado.net /(MACHINE TRANSLATED) The Central Bank of Ecuador (ECB) informs the public that it is not aware of the fact that it has been warned in social networks regarding the circulation of false dollars of five dollars allegedly identifiable by the numbers 8612 placed as the last four digits of the numbering of the series. […]

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Cartel Gunmen Storm Popular Tourist Beach Beach (Video)

Tourists visiting a popular beach in Mexico’s Los Cabos recorded the moment when cartel gunmen stormed a beach unleashing waves of machine gun fire killing three men and injured two others. Over the weekend, the once quiet resort area saw 11 confirmed murders. breitbart.om – Videos recorded by tourists using cell phones and obtained by […]

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PHARMACEUTIAL ALERT ECUADOR: COUNTERFEIT MEDICINES FROM CHINA

.PHARMACEUTIAL ALERT A few weeks ago elcomercio.com reported a raid by authorities on a clandestinne laboratory outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. Here is developing information: .The clandestine lab was allegedly shipping counterfeit drugs from China to Ecuador. Primary shipments were to pharmacies in 31 cities in the provinces of Loja, Azuay, Cañar, El Oro, Sucumbíos, Tungurahua, […]

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La Paz Bolivia: Bizarre Case of Dead Woman Found Alive In Funeral Home

Woman was to be transported home. Instead,daughter and son-in-law had her taken to a funeral home to die. Ecuaisa.com (machine translated) A 64-year-old woman was recovering Thursday at a La Paz hospital after police rescued her from a funeral home where her family had taken her after she was removed from hospital monitoring equipment . […]

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Ecuador: Femicide Cases Up 60 Percent first seven months of 2017

eluniverso.com reported (machine translated) Interior Minister César Navas admitted yesterday at a press conference that in cases of femicide there has been a 60% increase compared to 2016, in the same period from January to July. “Until July 29 we have 70 cases, although certain commissions say different figures, but a team has been formed […]

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Argentina: 10,000 victims of human trafficking rescued in past decade

  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY READ THE BOOK The Argentinian government says it has rescued more than 10,000 victims of human trafficking in the past decade, almost half of whom were sex trafficking victims. It is a problem made more difficult to tackle by the complicity of corrupt officials. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Buenos […]

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Ecuador: Statistics regarding femicide include 77% attackers use knives, strangulation

eluniverso.com – According to a study of judicial sentences of femicides occurred in 2015, presented by the Ecumenical Commission on Human Rights (Cedhu), 56% of cases in the country occur during night or dawn when little surveillance. Attacks of the perpetrators occur with the same percentage (56%) inside the houses and 43% of other cases […]

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Nine Years Abroad in Ecuador Prison, Drug Trafficker from U.K. tells all

gloucestershirelive.co.uk / Gangland executions, grenade and gun fights, riots and escapes – Pieter Tritton has seen it all and lived to tell the tale after nine years in prison in Ecuador. Jailed for masterminding cocaine export from the South American country to the UK, he went from living the high life as a drug dealer […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: Authorities making efforts to curb clandestine theft of electricity

eldiario.ec (machine translated) 83 cases of energy theft have Jean Carlo Giler, commercial director of the (Cnel), warned that the objective is to detect those who have clandestine connections, reason why the strategic plan includes works coordinated with members of the Police and the prosecutor (Fiscalía). He explained that for detection they arrive at a […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Underground pharmaceutical laboratory raided

eluniverso.com/Johnny Guambaña – Seven detainees left Operation Drug IV on Tuesday in the provinces of Azuay, Cañar and El Oro. A suspected informal drug laboratory was raided. pharmaceutical Among the evidences seized raw material, boxes with expired drugs and others without sanitary registration. The hearing on the formulation of charges will be held this Wednesday […]

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Ecuador: Sex Trafficking of the Indigenous, seldom reported or discussed

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation)/ Anastasia Moloney – 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 is known about the true scale of the problem, campaigners say. In Ecuador, the most common form of human trafficking involves women and […]

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Cartagena, Colombia: Tourist from Spain alleges she is victim of sexual attack

According to the complaint of the Spanish citizen, she and her boyfriend, of Argentine nationality, entered Colombia as ‘backpackers’ on the border with Ecuador. By: Digital Editorial BLU Radio A woman, of Spanish nationality, denounced having been a victim of sexual abuse in the sector known as Playa Blanca, in the city of Cartagena. According […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Woman killed in suspected revenge for illegal buttocks injectionss

bbc.com – A Brazilian woman accused of carrying out illegal silicon implant procedures has been killed in a suspected revenge attack. Marcilene Soares Gama, 49, had been accused by clients of using industrial silicone for buttock enlargement. At the time of her death she faced court action over charges she pretended to be a doctor. […]

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Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador: Assailant of Woman Shot and Killed by Police

ASSAILANT ALSO TRIED TO ATTACK POLICE WITH KNIFE eldiario.e- machine translated – An alleged assailant died this Saturday, July 22, 2017, the product of shots fired by a policeman who had attempted to attack with a knife on the bridge Caras de Caráquez Bay, in the canton of Sucre. The incident was raised this morning, […]

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Cancun Mexico: Narco activity, bloodshed threatens bubble of safety at resort mecca

Nacha Cattan / Eric Martin -msan.com – It’s not surprising that many tourists aren’t aware of the killings going on around them (resorts). Recent murders haven’t always made the front pages of the local papers left in hotel lobbies. That’s no accident. Nationwide, 2017 is shaping up to be Mexico’s most murderous year ever. There were […]

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Despite end of war in Colombia, insecurity growing

32 MURDERS A DAY eldiario.ec /(machine translated) affected by the lack of job opportunities, José traveled with his family from Haycopungo, north of Otavalo, to Colombia. He was selling clothes and crafts. Carmen was in the eighth month of pregnancy and therefore planned to return to Ecuador to give birth in Otavalo. Jose had told […]

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San Joaquin Medellin, Colombia: Corpse of U.S. Citizen found with knife wounds

minuto30.com / In the afternoon hours of Saturday, July 22, the corpse of a US citizen was found in a house in the San Joaquin neighborhood. According to preliminary information, the man, who was 68 years old, had arrived at that residence last Thursday, and precisely since that day at night, they had no report […]

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Ecuador: Scammers on Facebook Offering Loans for One Percent

AT LEAST 300 VICTIMS OF FACEBOOK SCAM / HEAD OF CRIMINAL GROUP IS FOREIGNER EL TELÉGRAFO / MACHINE TRANSLATED/ The offer was very attractive: loans between $ 1,000 and $ 100,000 at 1% interest. The announcement circulated on Facebook and there were those who risked to participate, despite the same route appear warnings from the […]

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Mexico: Bloodshed in drug war, homicides spike

latimes.com / Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades. Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last year and 80% over June of […]

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Cancun Mexico: Some Tourists believe they are being served tainted alcohol

Raquel Rutledge/ Some guests believe they are being served tainted alcohol or being drugged at all-inclusive resorts The scene at the swim-up bar at the Mexican resort where Abbey Conner was pulled listless from the pool in January was full of young tourists last month when an attorney hired by Conner’s family showed up. It […]

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U.S. expat arrested in Ecuador for IRS charges, established gofundme account

In January of 2017, former U.S. expat in Ecuador, Daryl Giesking established a gofund.com page attempting to raise $50,000. On July 13, 2017, Daryl Giesking was sentence to 2.5 years in Federal prison for submitting fraudulent income tax returns. He had hired an enrolled IRS agent in 2008, to prepare his 2007 taxes. He received […]

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Colorado Man Arrested in Ecuador for Income Tax Refund Scheme, Sentenced to Prison

Justice.gov – Sought More than $1 Million in Bogus Refunds; Funds Received Spent on Precious Metals and Coins, a Truck, Jewelry and Luxury Travel A Loveland, Colorado businessman, who owned a delicatessen franchise in Fort Collins, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison today for conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds, […]

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Ecuador: Shaman to be sentenced to Prison Term in Death of U.S. citizen, during Ayahuasca Ceremony

SHAMAN MIGUEL CHIRIAP RECEIVES SHORT PRISON TERM – GUILTY OF HOMICIDE FOR PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE IN THE DEATH OF AMERICAN LESLIE ALLISON DURING AYAHUASCA CEREMONY – PROSECUTOR APPEALING DECISION ON BEHALF OF VICTIM’S FATHER – COURT APPEARS TO HAVE MODIFIED CHARGES AGAINST MIGUEL CHIRIAP PROVIDING LESS TIME IN PRISON Leslie Allison from the United States died […]

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Bogota Colombia: U.S. Marine Officers Robbed and Drugged with scopolamine

miamiherald.com/Carol Rosenberg reported three married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogotá, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped illicit drugs, robbed of U.S. property and landed in a local hospital emergency room. The men may have fallen […]

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Argentina Crime Rate Registers 6% lower in 2016 compared to 2015

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK EFE.com reported Argentina registered 6% less crime in 2016 than in 2015, a decline that makes it the third country with the lowest number of crimes in Latin America behind Chile and Ecuador, announced today the country’s security minister, Patricia Bullrich . The head of the Security […]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: After three years no resolution in the death of U.S. expat

Valerie de la Valdene, a world-class underwater photographer, died in the Galapagos in 2014. Authorities ruled it a suicide, but friends and family believe there’s more to the story. By Jim Wyss (Miami Herald) It has been three years since Valerie de la Valdene, a 47-year-old Palm Beach native and underwater film-maker, met an ugly […]

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Colombia: Dutch Journalists Freed After Kidnapping

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK efe.com reported: Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group announced Friday the release of two Dutch journalists kidnapped by the rebels last weekend. “We advise that the two foreigners captured by the ELN in Catatumbo were released in perfect condition,” the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (National Liberation Army) said on […]

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Members of Sinaloa Cartel Detained in Cocaine Distribution Operation in Ecuador

ecuavisa.com/Machine Translated – In the operation denominated Sinaloa, authorities dismantled an extension of a Mexican cartel composed by a Colombian and 11 Mexicans. After the raids, carried out in various sectors of the province of Pichincha, 101 kilos of cocaine were seized, which narcos hid in cocoa seeds and then sent to North American markets. […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador City Buses Security Cameras Not Broadcasting in Real Time

eltiempo.com.ec reported the urban transport system of Cuenca, by operation topics, have a closed circuit recording, not broadcast in real time, by cost, which records for 15 days without interruption. This system was implemented to control evasion in the payment of fares and delinquency acts within the units. You can only see the recordings after […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Three Armed Men on Motorcycle Assault Small Store

eltiempo.com.ec / (machine translated) Three individuals who were mobilized on a motorcycle stormed a local located on Calle Tarquino Orellana and Camino Viejo in Baños, and after intimidating the owner with firearms they took money. According to police investigations the criminal act was committed at 21:50, when the antisocials targeted the owner of the business […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Two Colombians dead in murder, suicide

eltiempo.com.ec (machine translated) reported two Colombian citizens who died of gunfire during an incident on Saturday afternoon in Enrique Arízaga Avenue, Medio Ejido sector, will be repatriated to Colombia, once they comply with the corresponding legal procedures. The victims were identified as Jorge Enrique Quiceno Flores, 34, and Pablo Andrés Sandoval Londoño, 33. The necropsies […]

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Cartagena, Colombia: Two Detained in crimes against tourists

Captured thieves who had whipped tourists from Baru, Bolivar hsbnoticias.com (Machine Translated) In operatives deployed in Tierra Bomba and neighboring corregimientos, two suspected criminals of several criminal actions that have affected tourist establishments and visitors, were captured by units of the Metropolitan Police of Cartagena. In an operation of persecution deployed between the sectors La […]

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Honduras: Human Rights Groups Report number of murders of women up sharply

bbc.com reported Honduras is on “red alert” over the number of women being murdered, according to the country’s rights activists. Members of 20 different women’s groups have banded together to highlight the problem, saying at least 18 women were killed in the past two weeks. The organisations say out of 463 women murdered last year, […]

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Chihuahua, Mexico: Experts report security situation deteriorating

Mexican cartel shootout leaves 26 dead or wounded in latest violent clash Experts say that security has deteriorated in recent months as criminal groups squabble over the remains of the empire once controlled by kingpin El Chapo theguardian.com reported a battle between rival drug cartel factions in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state left at least 26 […]

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Anger against tourist posting pictures on social networks, touching animals on Galapagos Islands

METRO ECUADOR (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Anger on social networks for tourist who touched and kissed animals in Galápagos displaying pictures on instagram. In the account in Instagram of the tourist @welcomadventure have been published the images that have indignado to users of the networks in Ecuador. Through the social networks have circulated photographs of a Russian […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: 60 Percent of Crimes Committed From Individuals on Motorcycles

The proposed ordinance would establish regulations on the purchase of motorcycles and a strategy for reviewing the Police. Eluniverso.com / Ángel Aguirre reported (machine translated) More than 60% of the crimes registered in Guayaquil are committed on motorcycles. Places, times and days when the cases are increasing were part of the diagnosis analyzed by the […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Gay expat victim of poisoning, robbery at his residence

The following information was submitted to Latinamericacurrentevents.com/ The name of the source and victim are not shared in this post. There is limited details to the event and LACE is attempting to obtain more information. The name of the victim’s home country also is not mentioned in order to protect his identity. On or about […]

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Guayaquil: Three Victims of Yellow Taxi Robberies in less than one hour

Victims of robberies in ‘yellow’ taxis Eluniverso.com (machine translated) On June 27, 2017, In less than an hour, three citizens were victims of crime while going in ‘yellow taxis’. The first case was registered at 20:30. Víctor A. told the prosecutor’s office that he was going to the airport where he works, when two armed […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: 400 military troops put in service to patrol streets in effort to curb crime

eluniverso.com/Víctor Serrano reported (machine translated) The Marine Corps, Operational Group 2.4 Guayaquil prepared yesterday to leave to the control operations that began in the Guasmo. Víctor Serrano Marines began patrolling within a new strategy to curb crime. The Armada of Ecuador was the first branch of the Armed Forces. In jumping to the streets of […]

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Ecuador’s Greatest Conman Scams Swiss Tourists

Ecuador’s Greatest Conman Scams Swiss Tourists From the Upcoming Book ECUATROCITY by Nicholas Crowder. Scam artists exist around the world and Ecuador is no exception. One of the most unique scams happened back in 1980, in the port city of Guayaquil. A couple of tourists from Switzerland were amazed at the beautiful Moorish style clock […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Illegal Banking Operation shutdown, some expats may be impacted

CUENCAHIGHLIFE.COM reported Hundreds of Cuenca investors, including some North American expats, may be victims of an illegal banking operation shut down over the weekend. Police began making arrests Friday and seized office equipment and vehicles Saturday belonging to MTCoin Banco del Futura (Bank of the Future) at the firm’s offices in Cuenca and Santa Isabel. […]

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Santa Elena Ecuador: Mayor Victim of Armed Robbery in Gated Community

extra.ec (machine translated) Six armed men entered at 03:00 today, Thursday, June 22 at the home of the mayor of Santa Elena, Dionicio Gonzabay Salinas , and assaulted him, according to a police report. Gonzabay told investigators that while he was resting with his wife, armed men entered the bedroom to intimidate and tie them; […]

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U.S. / Brazilian National Murdered in Ecuador (Feb. 2016), Suspected of Money Laundering

U.S. / Brazilian National Murdered in Ecuador Marcello Mello, age 46, lived in a suburban area of St. Louis, Missouri. In February of 2016, he was on a business trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador when things went terribly wrong. He was kidnapped along with a friend, taken to a vacant lot on February 19th, 2017 and […]

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Mexico City, Mexico: May 2017 largest number of cellphone thefts reported from pedestrians

milenio.com/Ilich Valdez reported that stolen cellphone numbers increased substantially from pedestrians in Mexico City during May 2017. On an average day in Mexico City during May, 34.3 cell phones were reported stolen according to Rebeca Peralta Leon. In the first five months of 2017, nearly 5,000 phones reported stolen from pedestrians. May has been the […]

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Ecuador: Driver Murdered in Bus Gang Assault on Guayaquil – Cuenca Route

BUS DRIVER RESISTED ROBBERY, SHOT IN HEAD eltiempo.com.ec (machine translated) The bus driver of the Cooperativa San Luis, which covered the Guayaquil-Cuenca route, died after receiving a bullet impact from the assault and robbery committed by a criminal gang of seven individuals. The bus driver of the Cooperativa San Luis, which covered the Guayaquil-Cuenca route, […]

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Restaurant clients in northern Guayaquil, Ecuador assaulted

Restaurant clients in northern Guayaquil are assaulted Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) INCREASE IN ASSAILANTS USING MOTORCYCLES IN COMMITTING ASSAULTS, CRIMES. Motorcycle robberies, home burglaries and armed robberies, using a motorcycle to mobilize, are part of the criminal acts that were reported in the last few hours in the Office of Public Prosecution of the Albán […]

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