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People linked to illegal mining in Peru is halved

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03.09.2014
People linked to illegal mining in the jungle region of Madre de Dios, in southeastern Peru, were reduced from 30,000 to 15,000 in the past eight months due to control actions in the area, said today the High Commissioner for Interdiction and formalization of Mining, Daniel Urresti. 

"When I took over as high commissioner (in September last year), had 30,000 people working directly and indirectly to the illegal mining way in January this figure dropped to 20,000 and Today is between 12,000 to 15,000, "said Urresti to state news agency Andina. 

Illegal mining employs laborers, working in unsafe conditions, in poverty and vulnerability. In addition, around the camps have been established bars, shops, inns and restaurants, which has denounced the existence of gangs trafficking and child sexual exploitation. 

Most workers who move to this area come from the neighboring regions of Puno, Cuzco, Arequipa and Tacna. "Many of these people have decided to leave this type of work and return to their places of origin because threw in the towel before operating ban constants of the Government," said the high commissioner. 

Urresti reported that the Special Programme for Development Mother of God considers the implementation of projects to promote alternative activities such as tourism and business plans chestnut, to absorb the labor available once the illegal mining is eradicated. In Madre de Dios gold rush is lived by the rising price of gold, which has brought crimes such as human trafficking and prostitution, besides cutting down forests and ecosystem pollution. In 2011, Peru's government announced a policy of zero tolerance for illegal mining and began interdiction of heavy fuel and supplies machinery, causing protests of miners. This week, police and military destroyed several machines used for illegal mining in the Mega 14 Sector of La Pampa, where "48 engines, 33 mineral processing platforms or hoppers, 52 dredges, 1152 meters filter mats and 2,370 were dynamited gallons of fuel ". 

In La Pampa, located eight kilometers from the Tambopata National Reserve, one of which houses the largest diversity of the country, clandestine camps with plastic and sticks in order to extract gold from the rivers rise. The prosecutor explained that the operation took "a large deployment of helicopters," 1,000 members of the security forces and 18 specialized prosecutors.