How gang warfare jumped from Ecuador’s prisons to the open street

Conveniently for traffickers, Ecuador is home to several ports accustomed to handle large amount of freight exports, including crude oil, bananas, and tuna fish. America. Manta, for example, is the country’s main tuna port, providing half a million tonnes of fish per year to international markets[4], and an endless stream of cargo and fishing boats that can be exploited for illicit trafficking.

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