Illegal gold mines in the Philippines

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Published on November 22, 2021 by

In the mines of Paracale, workers search for gold using the world’s most dangerous methods. Diving into flooded underground caves, they constantly risk their lives. The business is illegal. But for many, it is the only way they can earn money.

In the past, the mineral trade flourished in the small Philippine coastal town of Paracale. Today, it is riddled with gold prospectors. The illegal gold business brings in an estimated $700 million a year. A dirty industry, it has shaped the town and the lives of residents for decades. Now, there are hardly any other ways to earn a living there.

The dangerous search for gold in flooded caves destroys both the environment and many lives. So why does it continue unabated? Looking for answers, this documentary follows the gold trade’s trail, from divers to traders, investors and the black market.

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