Mothers and Children of the International Drug War: A View from a Women’s Prison in Quito, Ecuador

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Torres, Arturo Balderas (2011) Mothers and Children of the International Drug War: A View from a Women’s Prison in Quito, Ecuador. In: Barrett, Damon, ed. Children of the drug war : perspectives on the impact of drug policies on young people. International Debate Education Association,, New York, N.Y., pp. 127-141. ISBN 9781617700187. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This chapter looks at Ecuador where the number of women imprisoned has soared since 1991. The chapter draws on ethnographic research conducted by both authors in the largest women’s prison, located in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. The first section looks at the supply-side interdiction policies implemented in Ecuador and demonstrates that women are not collateral damage but intended targets. Next, it describes how the war on drugs has changed prison and the profile of inmates as a result of interdiction efforts. The second section describes the effects of these policies from the perspective of two groups of women imprisoned in Quito: Ecuadorians and foreign nationals. We conclude that while these women’s experience as mothers/prisoners differs greatly, the war on drugs produces a number of outcomes that disproportionately punish women and their families.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Children; Social conditions.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Andrew Buller
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 11:13
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 13:39
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