The Harsh Reality of Illegal Gold Mining in South America (46 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       26 Nov 2014       7859       3

These hard-hitting photos show a glimpse into the lives of gold miners in south-east Peru. Miners work 28 hours shifts for minimum wage, are slowly poisoned by the mercury used to bind gold flecks and chew on a mild herbal stimulant that is the basis of cocaine in order to stay awake. The mining also destroys the surrounding tropical forests and the government loses approximately $305 million in taxes every year.

 

Peru has sent 1,000 police into its southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining camps, just weeks before the country hosts global climate talks.



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gigantes 5 year s ago
we destroyed their habitat and culture... seems only right to give them a shitty job swirling around mercury in their bare hands in order to find gold flakes. so that other people can profit, of course.
       
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Thingy 5 year s ago
I like gold :)
       
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noseriously 5 year s ago
They are busy getting richer
       
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