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Re-Legalizing the Casinos of Ecuador

Five years ago, El Supremo convinced the voters of Ecuador to close all 32 casinos nationwide.  Only 46 percent of those voting on the referendum issue supported the casino ban, yet that was a narrow plurality and enough to shutter the gambling parlors.  The last of the existing casinos closed in March of 2012.

Permanently closing existing casinos had never happened anywhere in the world since the casinos of Cuba suddenly closed in the late 1950’s.  It took Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution to make that happen.

Russia closed its casinos for awhile, then re-legalized casino gaming in specially-designated districts a few years ago.

Now a human-rights lobbyist in Ecuador has re-ignited the issue, calling for re-legalization of casinos in La República.

Francisco Zambrano Campuzano, the head of CEDHUS -- the Human Rights and Union Commission of Ecuador -- says over 200,000 Ecuadorians lost their employment due to the casino closures.  Not just casino employees, he says, but workers in many industries supported by the existence of casino operations.

“Gambling as a form of entertainment exists in every part of the world,” he says.  “In Rome and even in Jerusalem, there are gambling parlors."

Zambrano says that in light of the “unprecedented economic crisis" in Ecuador, the cash-strapped government should bring back the casinos.

CEDHUS says it will take the issue to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, if necessary.

Sources:  the Casino Review website and yogonet.com ...

  -- cccmedia in Quito

I would think that expanding eco-tourism would be a much brighter option.  The logic is certainly problematic, i.e. everybody else is jumping off of bridges; therefore so should we.  Why were the casinos closed?  Because they were closely correlated with human rights abuses, child malnutrition and poverty, substance abuse addictions, prostitution, theft, etc.  I hope someone exposes this guys likely connections to gambling big-whigs and the millions in bribes he is likely to make if he can push this through!

“Gambling as a form of entertainment exists in every part of the world,” he says.  “In Rome and even in Jerusalem, there are gambling parlors

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He lied or was wrong on that one if he intended to imply it was legal everywhere.
It exists but can often get you into serious trouble.

Another issue is why human rights groups so often support things that destroy lives.
I stopped the odd flutter years ago when I realised it was daft, but so many get into serious trouble as they gamble away their family's food money.
Just a thought, but shouln't people who claim to be concerned about human rights care about the weak of mind who get into gambling debt?

100,000 jobs were lost when Ecuador closed its casinos in 2011-12, Fred, according to human rights activists in the country.  That includes workers in casinos and also in related service industries that served casino workers and guests.

The human rights group CEDHUS contends that the Ecuadorian constitution was violated and those jobs should not have been terminated.

cccmedia

CEDHUS, the human rights group referenced above, and casino-gaming business interests met with representatives of the Ecuadorian government recently to discuss the possibility of re-opening Ecuador's casinos -- probably in five-star hotels.

According to www.g3newswire.com, the source of the above information about the meeting, additional working meeting(s) are expected with regard to possibly reopening the casinos.  If you visit this linked site, enter casinos in the search box to find the full article that was published this week (dated August 7, 2017), which includes a backgrounder on how the casinos were closed and a 2008 law that might restrict future casinos to fancy hotels.

According to the G3 Newswire article, foreign gaming companies in attendance at the meeting (in Guayaquil) expressed interest in re-opening legal casinos in Ecuador .. and want to confer with representatives of the government labor and industry-related departments at the next meeting.

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Even though Ecuador's economy went into a tailspin in the years following the casino closures in 2011-12 and then after oil-price drops and devastating coastal earthquakes, it was unrealistic to think that the Rafael Correa Administration would bring back the casino-related jobs.  Ex-presidente Correa had been the impetus behind the closings.

However, since late May of 2017, when Lenin Moreno took over the Supremo role, there's 'a new sheriff in town'.

cccmedia

cccmedia :

100,000 jobs were lost when Ecuador closed its casinos in 2011-12, Fred. 

The human rights group CEDHUS contends that the Ecuadorian constitution was violated and those jobs should not have been terminated.

cccmedia

By ek, I've been to sleep since I last posted on this thread but I understand 3,000 people lost jobs in 32 casinos and 15 bingo halls after a public referendum that banned gambling.
Gambling is great if you own a casino but a total waste of time and money for everyone else, especially the weak of mind who spend all their cash in casinos, commonly leaving their families hungry.

As for human rights groups, that lot are amazingly foolish at best, "ruddy idiots"  (The subtle version that doesn't start with an F) in reality.

Then we find out the gambling bosses had a cosy meeting CEDHUS about how to get their profits flowing again.
Given 3,000 jobs were lost when the casinos closed, I wonder how 100,000 jobs will be created.

I'm sure no payments have been made to anyone in order to get them to support the gambling industry.

cccmedia :

CEDHUS, the human rights group referenced above, and casino-gaming business interests met with representatives of the Ecuadorian government recently to discuss the possibility of re-opening Ecuador's casinos -- probably in five-star hotels.

That hardly fills me with confidence as to the motives of the human rights group .. or any of the others involved in this.
Let's be direct, gambling is a mugs' game and a lot of the mugs can't afford their silly habit. Now add the gambling industry's well know charitable work (NOT) and we have a bad situation.

I don't have all the math on the 100,000 lost jobs, Fred, although CEDHUS could probably supply data.

The correct number of jobs lost would include workers in restaurants in and around the casinos .. companies specializing in bringing punters to the casinos from out of town .. makers of casino uniforms, casino chips and casino gaming tables ..   servicers of slot machines and gaming equipment .. transportation companies providing a range of services involved in supporting an active casino industry  .. companies that provide live on-site entertainers and musicians especially on weekends .. and various companies that satisfy employee and guest fulfillment needs.  That is a partial list.

CEDHUS may have exaggerated to get to 100,000 jobs .. but it's surely far more than a few thousand .. once you factor in the above list.

cccmedia

cccmedia :

I don't have all the math on the 100,000 lost jobs, Fred, although CEDHUS could probably supply data.

If the gambling industry paid me a sack of tax free cash i'd be happy to supply loads of data to support their nasty industry. However, I'm sure the massive profits made by that industry wouldn't mean that bunch would be tempted to splash any cash around to gain support.

The mere thought hadn't even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind - Honest.

@cccmedia

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Toldjaso. It just took them a few years longer to get there than I thought it would.

Condo prices in Salinas probably going up as we speak.

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