Ecuador Emerges as a Hub for International Crime, Reports Deutsche Welle

Feb 5, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: SF Sentinel

Ecuador is emerging as a focus for transnational criminal groups, according to US and European officials.

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Since: Jan 10

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Feb 5, 2010
 
The drug police here say that the Manta Base was valuable as it was close to Colombia, and the US military has the equipment to track down traffickers that the Ecuadorean police don't have!
Raffy stated that with the US military in Manta that Ecuador lost its sovereignty, so he was please that his government did not renew the Manta Base Rental. So now this country is a hub for international crime, express murders, and drug labs to process drugs for the USA and Europe. Russia is now fast becoming the biggest user of these drugs.
Thanks Raffy, for kicking out the US and bringing new glory and fame to your country as the 'Hub for International Crime."
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I hear what your sayin´ latino_gringo; I am in agreement with you.
Feli

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but it comparison to usa, criminality in Ecuador is insignificant. Don´t bother people from Ecuador.usa is some kind of centre of global criminality of all kind.
rainbow travlller

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Feb 8, 2010
 
Hey Feli,
Why don't you just go put on you Levi's and Nikes watch your color TV and relax and enjoy your U.S. culture.
If you'd ever been to Ecuador in your life you'd know how misinformed you are, Ecuador is Dangerous!

Now, you feel better? Go annex the Sudetenland, why don't you?
Webby in FL

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Feb 8, 2010
 
rainbow travlller wrote:
Hey Feli,
Why don't you just go put on you Levi's and Nikes watch your color TV and relax and enjoy your U.S. culture.
If you'd ever been to Ecuador in your life you'd know how misinformed you are, Ecuador is Dangerous!
Now, you feel better? Go annex the Sudetenland, why don't you?
Hello 'rainbow traveller'! I live in Clearwater FL, USA. I am planning a trip to the Costa area next month. I am travelling alone and have no contacs there, but I am curious to explore the Pacific coast there. How would you compare to CA's topography .. Santa Barbara? San Diego?(or) Florida's beaches? I have read recent reports of petty crime, muggings; especially against US and Canadian tourist .. what are your observations about safety? What suggestions might you offer about transportation up/down the coast .. bus, taxi, car rent? Any input on the current 'tourist' situation would be most appreciated. Thank you.
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Mar 10, 2010
 
Been hearing that crime is pretty bad in Ecuador. Is it dangerous to go out? Do cars have to be guarded if I go to the city? I am American.
ecuachet

Quito, Ecuador

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Mar 10, 2010
 
Crime, if it ain´t among drunk or drugged ¨friends¨(anywhere in the world), seems to be almost universally opportunistic. Robbery is rampant in Quito and violent crime is on the rise as the President´s socialist agenda takes hold; his ¨help¨ to those in-need seems to be creating a cult-of-robbery. I´m not alone in this view; a show on this very topic was aired on TV Amazonas (I think)just the other night, and normal-everyday citizens are beginning to realize this and get ticked off. On the other hand, I read alot of US news, and kids shot at concerts (Gary, IN), a man toting guns into a Wal-Mart in Texas and then shot to death by cops outside, etc., etc. lead me to believe there is plenty of crime in the US to keep the Crime Scene Investigators busy. I have lost several car radios, a lap-top computer and other items to petty theft, but in all those cases I wasn´t as prudent as I should have been. At almost 2 meters tall and pretty strong looking, I don´t get personally accosted much. But, I have multiple store locations, and there is always the threat of robbery, armed or unarmed, as there would be in any city of size. My wife doesn´t agree, but my policy is to not back down; I carry, and have in my store, cans of pepper-spray. I have a ¨billy¨club and failing that, I have the heavy metal bar we use to close the store gate at night: could do some damage with that! But, for the visitor, things aren´t as bad as they can sound; you just have to be aware of your surroundings and location, again, as you would have to be in any big city. Just watch out for those bad-assed, kid-napping Colombians!

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Mar 11, 2010
 
Feli wrote:
but it comparison to usa, criminality in Ecuador is insignificant. Don´t bother people from Ecuador.usa is some kind of centre of global criminality of all kind.
So tell me how do you compare the crime rates to Ecuador which is the size of Colorado to the entire 50 states in the USA? Get your facts straight before you open your mouth please.
Canadian in Ecuador

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Im a young blond, blue eyed Canadian living in Ecuador and have been for the last 6 months. I have travelled extensively around the country by myself and amongst friends and with my husband (he is Ecuadorian) and his family. I have never once felt threatened. Having travelled extensively throughout Latin America (Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras,Dominican Republic and Colombia)I can assert based on my own experience and having studied Latin America in University for the last 5 years that Ecuador while it has its risks like all countries is a fairly safe option. Its all about being aware of the country you are in, educating yourself about it, learning where to go and what to avoid and following your instics. Many tourists present themselves as easy targets and walk around with an over inflated confidence and a sense of superiority. You need to be aware of the history of exploitation and the disparities that you and I as foreigners represent. If you go with the intention of exploring, and learning from the cultures, enjoying their rich and diverse cuisine, trying to speak the language and connect on a human level with Ecuadorians than you will find that they are a beautiful warm people. Of course their are bad people, with harmful intentions no place on earth is exempt from bad apples. But most of the crime isnt recreational like in other countries with serial killers and child abductions for perverse reasons....most of the crimes in Ecuador are as a result of the incredible poverty and the lack of oppurtunities they face. The drugas and the gangs, its all in reponse to the demand from first world countries for the drugs from the third world; they are the producers and not the consumers. The crime in Ecuador is a reflection of inequality and desperation mostly. My video camera was stolen from my bag right in front of my eyes without my realising it by a 5 year old boy who works as a newspaper vendor, someone in that equation the victim in the situation doesnt seem like me and my stolen video camera but with the child forced by poverty to work the streets at age five and if it fed him and his family then I can sleep a little better at night knowing my excess wealth was out to good use.

For the traveller reading all these nightmare tails of violence, crime and a culture of fear; I urge you to watch your nightly news and see what awful things are going on in your part of the world and realise its an international phenomenon and not reserved onky for the impoverished third world and that they people living without access to education, sewage, water, electricity, health care,and food are the real victims.

Here are some suggestions, they seem obvious, but the foreigners who didnt follow them ended u dead or injured

-Dont go out at night to isolated, desserted beaches- especially in an area controlled by colombian rebel groups/gangs ( couple attacked in esmeraldas in 2008, guy stabbed 18 times- walking late at night on a dangerous and off limits beach)

Dont flaunt your welath, being white or foreign already denotes wealth, dont throw on diamonds, gold or design clothes, play it simple, casual and dont call attention to yourself by wearing provocative clothing

Dont stray from populated areas- e.g two blocks form the mariscal sucre (Quito hot spot area, bars , clubs) its a thriving red light district, equipped with pimps, prostitutes with attitude, transvestities and dealers...stray there and its your own undoing

Dont go out alone at night and if you go out in a group take a taxi and leave your valuables, documents locked in a safe

Pay the extra 0.50-1.00 and take the safe cabs that you call and order, dont flag just any cab and jump in,

Ask the locals if an areas is safe and what dangers are:may sound awesome to hike a volcano but ask a local and they will tell you that gangs have attacked, robbed and raped groups of up to 8 people; not such a cool idea anymore.
Enjoy Ecuador but be aware. Peace.
Scott

Point Roberts, WA

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Dismayed at all the negative comments on the issue of crime in this country but they seem to be accurate. Just checked the intentional homicide rate for Ecuador and this year, so far, it ranks 13th in the world of all the countries listed:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countrie...
MLC

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Jan 14, 2011
 
I'm amazed by how many ignorant Americans there are in this world. This coming directly from an American, born and raised in the Midwest. I've read many post from people assuming Ecuador is a terrible place, ridden with crime--because a friend of a friend heard a news story about Columbia! Here are the facts about crime in Ecuador or any other place in the world:

Don't go out of your way to stick out--you already do. You're not being cute by buying a Panama hat in the airport, wearing a Hawaiian t-shirt, and having a huge camera hanging around your neck.

If you do your research and are aware of your surroundings, you'll be fine. You won't feel in any more danger than walking around in Chicago. It's common sense people.

I'm and white man married to and Ecuadorian. I've been to Ecuador many times and have seen most of the country--never have I felt that I was in danger. Enjoy all that the country has to offer and just be aware of what's around you!

It's that simple (please feel free to use this advice when you travel anywhere)!
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Jan 17, 2011
 
well the general concensus seems 2B use common sense and dont throw up flags that say hey im asking 4 trouble
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Jan 24, 2011
 
been to ecuador severial times and will be going for the next few years, i stay 30 days at a time and like most large cities yes there is crime, what ifind happens is that if you look like a target you will get hit, i have been to maimi, new york, detroit, south america, ecuador and well its all the same use some brains
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rainbow travlller wrote:
Hey Feli,
Why don't you just go put on you Levi's and Nikes watch your color TV and relax and enjoy your U.S. culture.
If you'd ever been to Ecuador in your life you'd know how misinformed you are, Ecuador is Dangerous!
Now, you feel better? Go annex the Sudetenland, why don't you?
rainbow traveller have you been!? Ecuador isn't dangerous, i go every few years to visit friends just outside of Manta. Ecuador is no more dangerous than any other country. everywhere has crime. could the US be butt hurt they're drug base didn't get renewed? in anycase combating drugs is useless and raindow travlller is just spewing typical nonsense. what do you think any country thats slightly difficult for you to pronounce must be dangerous? bahaha
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I used to live in Manta Ecuador. I go back every couple of years to visit family and friends. My understanding is that in the last year or so the crime there has gotten really bad. To the point where locals won't walk alone on the streets and have taxi's come directly to their house to pick them up. This is very unfortunate it as this place used to be one of the best places that I have lived.

My own brother-in-law told my wife that it was very dangerous for us to go there right now and that we should probably wait.

As a result, we are now making plans to visit her family in another country.
Ecuadorian in Canada

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Mar 11, 2011
 
Hi to all the poeple that have comment about ecuador. For all of you guys out there thinking ecuador is a dangerous place to be at well your wrong. Im not saying there is no violent in ecuador its not as much as the US where you hear kids being shot in highschools etc. What ecuador is really known for is kids from - 14 to 16 hopping onto the buses and stealing peoples things. Well as you all know a tsunami is suppose to hit Ecuador lets all give a prayer to Ecuador and the rest of the countries that have been hit already by the tsunami.
Ecuadorian in Canada

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Mar 11, 2011
 
Bye guys have great weekend/March break and stay safe and lets hope that we get throu this tsunami by quick and safe.
MCB

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I'm married to an Ecuadorian, have been many times and will be going back this Fall. Just because I've never been robbed or assaulted, doesnt make it a safe place. You can lower your chances by being smart but it's still a dangerous place to go. I love the comments people say about how "Ecuador is a safe place....just don't go out at night by yourself...oh and dont flag down taxi's...etc". Ummm...hello....if you have to say that, than it's not safe. Then you go on to stay "be aware of your environment" but your comments show how obviously blind you are to think it's safe. My wife has been robbed in Ecuador MANY times by knife, gun, etc. She was just a little girl riding her bike when some guy tried to steal it from her with a knife. My sister in law was robbed by gun for her cell phone. My mother in law was riding the city bus and a guy jumped on with a gun and robbed the first couple of passnegers. My brother in law was picking up some kids to go to school with my nieces and found a man shot to death lying on the sidewalk. My Father in Law always carries a gun and has shot at home invaders on a few occasions. Recently some of my wifes friends had to jump out of a moving taxi because some guys with guns jumped in. This isn't just petty crime and this isnt because they were being "stupid, ignorant, American tourists". These are locals who have lived there their entire lives and are just going about daily activities. Since my wife lived in the USA, she's never been robbed or even been affraid of being robbed. She has gone out at night by herself and we have gotten taxi's off of the street corner with no fear. So again, I ask why people are saying it's a safe place to go and the USA is no worse, etc. If you ask me, anyone who says that is the foolish and ignorant one. I love Ecaudor and I love the people and culture. I am excited to go back. I am just being honest about the dangers that are there because being in denial will get you killed.
Cisco

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Nov 17, 2011
 
steve wrote:
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rainbow traveller have you been!? Ecuador isn't dangerous, i go every few years to visit friends just outside of Manta. Ecuador is no more dangerous than any other country. everywhere has crime. could the US be butt hurt they're drug base didn't get renewed? in anycase combating drugs is useless and raindow travlller is just spewing typical nonsense. what do you think any country thats slightly difficult for you to pronounce must be dangerous? bahaha
Hey Steve, ever hear of the word "sarcasm"?

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