Crime by Venezuelans on the increase in Ecuador – Updated August 19, 2018
An increasing number of Venezuelans who have crossed the Ecuador border are committing crimes in the Coast of Salinas, Sta. Elena, and other parts of Ecuador and South America.
According to reliable local sources, there is prostitution going rampant in the province of Sta. Elena, whereby some girls are charging $.50 (50 cents) for their “services” and as little as $ 5.00 (five dollars USA) to spend the entire night with someone who requires their “services”
Others, in the same province, who sell candy at the buses are threatening riders if they do not purchase their offers. All of them Venezuelans that are causing havoc at the province of Sta. Elena, according to reputable sources there.
Some Venezuelans are being released from the jails in Venezuela, in imitation of what Castro from Cuba did years ago when he sent all the “Marielitos” to Miami and all over Florida.
The same modus operandi is being utilized by Maduro in order to “get rid” of some of his criminals and empty his jails.
Gansters Released from jails
These are Venezuelans who, instead of being imprisoned in Venezuela for their crimes, are free to move about the country and beyond, like thousands of other Venezuelan criminals.
Last Saturday, August 4, the head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (Dirincri) of the National Police of Peru (PNP), Juan Carlos Sotil, explained in a press conference that at least fifteen members of “El Tren de Aragua” entered Peru over the last few weeks.
The situation reveals not only the vulnerability of land borders, but also the level of impunity that exists in Venezuela.
The five Venezuelan criminals arrested in Lima planned to assault a bank office. The most dangerous of them was Edinson Agustín Barreda, alias “Catire”, who confessed to Peruvian police that he acted as a hitman in Venezuela and had killed at least six people.
“El Tren de Aragua” was formed within the union of a train company in the central Venezuelan region of Aragua; when the train was never constructed as planned, some members of the union went on to engage in extortion, kidnapping, robbery, and murder.
“Fifteen members of the Train of Aragua have entered Peru to commit a series of crimes, mainly of a financial nature, and planned to set up a branch of their criminal organization in our country,” Sotil said.
The director of Dirincri pointed out that in Peru there are 72 Venezuelan citizens in prisons, 28 of them for serious crimes such as assaults or armed robberies.
Daniel Blanco, a journalist specializing in crime reporting, dismisses the hypothesis that there is a “state policy of sending criminals,” however, he added that he suspects that there is an “open door policy where criminals are leaving without their police or criminal records being verified.”
“When these criminals left Venezuela, they had to pass through passport control, and it would be reasonable to suspect that some kind of alarm must have been triggered. The question is, why were not they stopped in due time?”
Part of this report was obtained from the following source: https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2018/08/06/how-nicolas-maduro-facilitates-the-emigration-of-venezuelan-criminals/