Peru's military tries to curb illegal gold mining in Amazon | 2019-05-16

Peru's military tries to curb illegal gold mining in Amazon

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16th May, 2019 01:59:41 printer

Peru's military tries to curb illegal gold mining in Amazon

Peruvian police and soldiers search for and destroy equipment used by illegal gold miners in a part of the Amazon rainforest where mining has transformed once-dense foliage into a desert pocked with dead trees and toxic pools.

As night falls, they play cards and soccer, call family from their remote outpost or have a medic pluck burrowing parasites from their feet.

For a decade, a gold rush accelerated in Peru's Tambopata province, a center for an illicit activity that is among the most lucrative, and destructive, in the Amazonian wilderness. Security forces came and went; miners scattered and returned.

Then Peru announced something different: It installed long-term military bases in hopes of curbing not just illegal mining but also human trafficking and other associated crimes.


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