According to a new United Nations report, Ecuador is becoming a hotspot for transnational organized crime. Ecuador is also the site of the trial against Chevron, a lawsuit that has been marred by fraud and misconduct by the plaintiffs’ legal team:

UN: Ecuador Threatened by Mafia-Style Homicides
June 17, 2011

According to a new investigation by the United Nations, killings committed by contracted assassins are on the rise in Ecuador. The phenomenon is just the latest evidence that the Andean country is emerging as a new hotspot for transnational organized crime.

According to Philip Alston, a senior United Nations (UN) official, Ecuador is facing a rising threat from organized crime. In a report that Alston presented in Geneva this week, he argued that Ecuador’s national homicide rate has nearly doubled in the past 20 years, swelling from 10.3 murders per every 100,000 inhabitants in 1990 to 18.7 in 2009.