Drug trafficking also attracts the death penalty; refer to the section on drugs for more information.
The protection of foreign whistleblowers such as Julian Assange (despite recent tensions) and Edward Snowden, who was granted safe passage in order to travel to Russia, have given Ecuador fame as a defender of internet freedom.
However, this image contrasts with the reality at home.
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
While it’s great to read books about expat life, nothing replaces first hand experience.