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October 12, 2009

VICTIMS OF SEQUESTRO EXPRESS ALSO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE

A number of victims of kidnappings in vehicles including pirate and yellow taxis have reported being victims of sexual assault in addition to money and other personal belongings. It is recommended that you call a reputable taxi company whenever you need a taxi. The sexual predators have normally struck on the weekends and between the hours of 22:00 hours and 03:00 hours. Victims are sometimes taken to motels. Motels should not be confused with hotels in Ecuador. Motels are usually rented by the hour or for short periods of times for sexual liaisons. It is also reported that accomplices will often be hiding in the trunk of the vehicle.

In August of 2009 there were a reported 28 kidnappings per ESPOL. in Guayaquil. Remember that not all crimes are reported where victims are ashamed or fear reprisal by the assailant.

The Vice Consul of the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil was a recent victim of a kidnapping where he was required to provide the assailants from his banking account, funds from an ATM.

Cuenca and Loja have recently been named in a government report as being among the safety cities in Ecuador. Guayaquil, Quito, Manta, Esmeraldas and Ibarra have the highest rate of crime in Ecuador.      

(ECUADORRAVELADVISORY.COM)

 

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