Location: Nationwide, Ecuador
Event: The Ecuadorian National Police received 35 reports of kidnapping for ransom in 2022. Most of those reports originated from Guayas and Manabí provinces.
Kidnapping for ransom involves perpetrators keeping their victims against their will until a ransom is paid.
Actions to Take:
· Be aware of your surroundings.
· Maintain a high level of vigilance and keep a low profile.
· Do not get into a stranger’s car.
· Utilize reliable taxis from well-known establishments.
· Review your personal security plans.
· U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador +(593)(2) 398-5000 +(593)(2) 398-5000 (after hours) ACSQuito@state.gov
· U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador +(593)(4) 371-7000 +(593)(4) 371-7000 (after hours) ACSGuayaquil@state.gov
· Department of State – Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-201-501-4444
· Ecuador Country Information
· Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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