Quito - Two female prison workers have been fired for compelling inmates at the facility to give them massages, officials in Ecuador said on Friday.

The women, employees at a men's prison in the port city of Guayaquil, were found out when security cameras captured one of them reclining, receiving a foot and shoulder massage from an inmate.

The two employees, an educator and a social worker, made a habit of pressing inmates to give them massages, according to officials, who said a wider investigation is underway.

Ledy Zuniga, head of the federal office which oversees Ecuador's prisons, told local television that the practice would not be tolerated as it “compels favours, then leads to corruption”. - Sapa-AFP