Peru’s New Cocaine

Peru’s New Cocaine

GOLD HAS BECOME SOUTH AMERICA’S MOST ILLICIT COMMODITY Peru has the second-largest amount of rain forest in the world, but swaths of it are rapidly disappearing. Illegal gold mining—farmers digging up ore and selling it on the black market, so that it may eventually...
Illegal Gold Mining in Peru- In Photos

Illegal Gold Mining in Peru- In Photos

A nationwide ban on illegal mining has been in effect in Peru since April 19. The effects of this ban have been most visible in the state of Madre de Dios, a low-governance are where there are an estimated 40,000 illegal miners currently working. Police intervention...