All About Illegal Mining

ILLEGAL MINING / 7 MAR 2014

Mexico's iron and steel industries suffered losses of $1.3 billion in 2013 due to theft and illegal mining, illustrating the growing importance of the mining industry as a source of…

GOLD / 13 FEB 2014

Authorities in Peru suspect half of all the country's gold exporters have connections to illegal gold mining, demonstrating just how entwined the legal and illegal Peruvian gold markets have become.

GOLD / 11 FEB 2014

Special security teams tasked with catching contraband gold smuggling will be placed in five airports in Peru, though the efficiency of gold laundering inside the country means the…

GOLD / 9 FEB 2014

Slave-like conditions, frequent accidents, disease and sexual exploitation are a normal part of the illegal gold mining trade in Peru, a gripping report by a watchdog group reveals.

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2014

Emerald miners in Colombia will soon meet with church and police representatives in an attempt to avert a bloody conflict, as ongoing tension highlights the government's failure to curb…

ILLEGAL MINING / 22 JAN 2014

Mining companies in Mexico are now using aircraft to move their products and personnel and ramping up investment in security in order to avoid being robbed and extorted by organized…

GOLD / 9 JAN 2014

The record seizure in Peru of half a ton of illegally mined gold destined for the United States and Europe highlights the scale and international nature of the country's $3…

GOLD / 11 DEC 2013

Two seizures of illegal Peruvian gold have reportedly been traced to a Russian businessman who was part of an exploitative export chain in Peru that reaches all the way to…

CHINA AND CRIME / 4 DEC 2013

Mexico's Knights Templar criminal organization is exerting control over the mining process for iron that supplies the Chinese market, offering another example of how the group has extended its reach…

COLOMBIA / 19 NOV 2013

Three years ago, Buritica was a sleepy farming village tucked away in the mountains of Antioquia in northwest Colombia. Now, it is a gold rush frontier town replete with deathtrap…

GOLD / 29 OCT 2013

Illegal gold mining in Peru is worth more than twice as much as the country's drug trade, says a top official, highlighting the growing importance of this extremely lucrative but…

ILLEGAL MINING / 28 AUG 2013

Peruvian "mafias" with extensive illegal mining interests are seeking to formalize those operations, according to the government, drawing attention to the fine line between informal and illegal mining.

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