The estimate was confirmed by a mission of Amapá Civil Police, who visited some of the 520 mines in the region. The rising price of gold in the international market is what drives these Brazilians going abroad in search of metal.
July 21, 2014
In French Guiana, some 15,000 wildcat miners armed with diesel engines, hydraulic equipment, guns, and not a small supply of sugarcane liquor were hacking into the European Union’s sole rain forest.
August 4, 2014
Images of an area of illegal mining in French Guiana, where a large majority of the miners are Brazilians.
June 10, 2015
Ojo Público and the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA) toured the main centers of illegal gold production in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador. See the map