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Thanks To Illegal Mining, Colombia Has More Displaced People Than Any Other Country, Except Syria | ThinkProgress

1.8.16

Thanks To Illegal Mining, Colombia Has More Displaced People Than Any Other Country, Except Syria | ThinkProgress: Child labor is so rampant in illegal gold mining in Peru and Colombia that it’s not uncommon to find 200 to 400 children working in a single mine. It’s also likely between 450 and 600 children as young as eight years old work in Colombian mines. Researchers found that young children in Peru worked in “peripheral services such as tire and motorcycle repair and stores,” while teenagers like Oscar take on more dangerous jobs such as swimming in mercury-filled pools of water to “suck up gold-laced sand with powerful hoses, risking drowning and being disembowelled by the powerful hoses.”


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