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Ecuador's Fishermen Face Death or Despair From Constant Pirate Attacks

COCAINE / 22 MAR 2022

Rampant piracy along Ecuador’s coastal provinces is forcing hundreds of fishermen to leave their profession and the sea out of fear for their lives.

CARIBBEAN / 15 OCT 2021

Merchants travelling to Trinidad and Tobago, fishing vessels, even the occasional tourist – all are tempting targets for pirates off Venezuela’s northern state of Sucre.  …

MEXICO / 2 AUG 2021

After a spate of attacks on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico this year, the shipping industry is demanding protection, including a stronger presence from the Mexican Navy.

ECUADOR / 1 JUL 2021

Fishermen in Ecuador have taken matters into their own hands to combat pirate attacks that have long plagued its coastal provinces.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 10 NOV 2020

Fisherman are denouncing increased piracy around Lake Valencia in northern Venezuela, which is weakening one of the last productive industries in the area.

ARGENTINA / 1 OCT 2020

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving black markets, sidestep official…

MEXICO / 12 DEC 2019

The seizure of an Italian oil supply vessel by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico in November, in which two crew were injured, was but the latest in a series…

DRUG POLICY / 30 OCT 2019

Little attention is paid to Ecuador. The murder rate is low, and there are no drug cartels like those that have dominated the criminal landscape in Mexico and Colombia. Yet…

CARIBBEAN / 21 JAN 2019

Increased pirate attacks in the waters between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela show that criminal gangs in the Venezuelan state of Sucre are trying to dominate the drug trafficking route…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 5 FEB 2018

A small patch of water between Venezuela’s eastern coast and the shores of Trinidad and Tobago has become a dangerous haven for pirates and criminals smuggling contraband between the…

CARIBBEAN / 8 DEC 2016

Venezuela's dire economic situation is fueling piracy off the coastal state of Sucre, providing one example of the various illicit activities growing along the country's Caribbean coast that have come…

BRAZIL / 22 NOV 2016

Marauding pirates represent a growing threat along the Amazon river in Brazil, the New York Times reports, but this remote outpost is not the only place in Latin America where…

PERU / 15 JUL 2016

River pirates assaulted a cruise on the Amazon in Peru, robbing terrified tourists of $20,000 and a range of electronic devices in an incident that highlights the potential dangers associated…

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