Peru illegal mining

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  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, police stand guard as a miner begs them not to destroy his truck in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Soldiers, police and marines have begun destroying illegal gold mining machinery in Peru’s southeastern jungle region. Authorities began enforcing a ban on illegal mining Monday. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD301/605660236347/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030131

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, gasoline used for illegal mining burns as it is destroyed by authorities in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Soldiers, police and marines have begun destroying illegal gold mining machinery in Peru’s southeastern jungle region. Authorities began enforcing a ban on illegal mining Monday. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD302/548629814307/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030144

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, a controlled explosion destroys a truck and heavy machinery used for illegal mining in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Peru's government is cracking down on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD103/25980195823/1405030152

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, a controlled explosion destroys a truck and heavy machinery used for illegal mining in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Peru's government is cracking down on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD303/25980195823/1405030157

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, villagers who ferry people and goods along the river, beg a soldier to not destroy their canoe engines near the dock in the town of Punkiri in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Soldiers, police and marines have begun destroying illegal gold mining machinery, including the boat engines of people who the government believe transport goods related to illegal mining. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD304/343804821709/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030216

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    This Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo shows an aerial view of tailings in La Pampa district produced by informal mining in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD305/325238644262/1405030225

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, land affected by illegal gold mining stands in the Huepetuhe district in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Illegal gold miners use tons of mercury to bind the gold flecks they dig up, and have ravaged forests and poisoned rivers in a biodiverse region that is also home to tribes living in voluntary isolation. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD306/158921782832/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030234

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, a woman cries in front of police after authorities destroyed her canoe's engine, which partially destroyed her boat, for allegedly transporting machinery used by illegal gold miners at the Punkiri dock in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. The government has started cracking down on illegal gold mining since a nationwide ban on...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, an engine used for illegal mining lays on the ground after it was destroyed by authorities in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Huepetuhe is flanked by a 1-by-10-mile wasteland gouged out of tropical forest. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD308/653628641807/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030253

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, part of a camp used for illegal gold mining burns as it is destroyed by authorities in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Before the April 19 deadline for the nationwide ban on illegal mining, the government began sharply reducing gasoline supplies to Madre de Dios, idling mining machinery. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD309/970661213550/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030259

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, police secure the area during the destruction of canoe engines, used by people who allegedly use them to transport illegal mining machinery at the Punkiri dock in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Peru's government is enforcing a nationwide ban on illegal mining that took effect on April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD310/923090516159/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030304

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, police and soldiers walk to helicopters that will carry them to the site of illegal mining operations, in Mazuco in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Police and troops are dynamiting heavy machinery as Peru's government dials up a crackdown on illegal gold mining. The government's approach to snuffing out illegal mining has also included confiscating illegal gold at domestic airports and dynamiting illegal gold refineries in the coastal cities of Chala and...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, a woman cries in front of police as she holds legal documents corresponding to her canoe after it was destroyed by soldiers for allegedly being used to transport illegal mining machinery at the Punkiri dock in Peru's Madre de Dios region. "People are going to go hungry," said Luis Otzuka, president of Fedemin, which represents the informal miners. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD313/717373464122/1405030337

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    This Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo shows an aerial view of tailings in La Pampa district caused by informal mining in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Illegal gold mining has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD314/360906745639/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030349

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, sneakers hang in a home that was used by illegal miners after it was destroyed by authorities in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Security forces accompanied by prosecutors blew up backhoes, generators and water pumps in the Huepetuhe district, a mining boomtown dating back to the 1980s. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD315/356592359690/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030401

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, the personal belongings of illegal gold miners sit on the ground before the camp was raided by authorities in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Daniel Urresti, a former army general running some of the operations, said the government will soon decree an investment in public works projects in the region to offer the miners employment in agriculture and eco-tourism. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD316/13233669840/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, soldiers carry communication gear during a government crackdown on illegal gold mining in Mazuco located in Peru's Madre de Dios region. In surprise raids, police and troops are dynamiting heavy machinery as Peru's government dials up a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD318/101985981565/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030420

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    This Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo shows an aerial view of police and soldiers walking through an area destroyed by illegal mining in the La Pampa district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. In surprise raids, police and troops are dynamiting heavy machinery as Peru's government dials up a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/15105592632/1405030425

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, a police officer wades through the water where canoes are destroyed as part of a government crackdown on illegal mining at the Punkiri dock in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Soldiers, police and marines have begun destroying illegal gold mining machinery, including the boat engines that belong to people who the government believe transport goods related to illegal mining in the area. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD319/797415872737/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Manuel Espinosa holds his 4-month-old son Edward, brought to him by his wife as he takes a break from mining gold in La Pampa, located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD320/585905917546/1405030439

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In the middle of a large crater, a miner floats on a platform rigged with an engine pumping water that's being used to fire at the crater's walls where gold can be found, at an illegal gold mine in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Gold miners use mercury to bind the gold flecks they dig up, and have ravaged forests and poisoned rivers in a biodiverse region that is also home to tribes living in voluntary isolation. (AP Photo/Rodrigo...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A gold miner carries special carpets that are used to filter sand for gold at an illegal mine in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD323/217747596839/1405030501

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Men filter the mud in order to isolate sand as they mine for gold in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown on illegal gold mining since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD324/88840023748/1405030508

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner poses for a portrait as he takes a break from mining for gold in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD329/571390333283/1405030524

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner carries hoses inside an illegal gold mine in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown on illegal gold mining since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD325/768834621804/1405030524

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner leaves an area where water is pumped to be used to fire at the crater's walls where gold can be found in the sand in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD126/377300388461/1405030529

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner, left, walks amid the destruction of the jungle at an illegal gold mine as another miner lays down a filtering mat in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD327/674235792033/1405030535

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Land lays barren after being mined for gold in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD328/616328888783/1405030542

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner washes sand and gold with mercury inside a barrel in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Gold miners use mercury to bind the gold flecks they dig up, and are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD330/691666436853/1405030555

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Miner Manuel Espinosa, left, eats breakfast with his wife Rocio who feeds their 4-month-old son Edward at the site of an illegal gold mine the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD331/661856923446/1405030555

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A boy searches for gold at an illegal mine in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD333/388865646483/1405030601

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A man walks on special carpets that are used to filter earth and water in search of gold at an illegal mine in La Pampa, in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD334/462870784413/1405030606

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Rubber boots used by miners lay on uprooted trees at an illegal gold mine in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD337/354627472451/1405030611

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    People transport empty drums at an illegal gold mine in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD335/589001755001/1405030612

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A little boy sits among his family's belongings packed in the back of a vehicle as he waits for his parents to leave the mining camp in anticipation of a government crackdown in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Some people at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown on illegal gold mining since a nationwide ban on illegal mining took effect April 19. (AP...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Miners bury an engine to hide it from government authorities at an illegal gold mine in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD344/756203282262/1405030623

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/01/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    People gather in a bar at an illegal gold mine in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD341/555727061095/1405030622

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A couple talks outside a night club early in the early morning in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD342/50653921661/1405030622

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A man controls an engine that pumps water and sand as people mine for gold in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute as they fear authorities will arrive any moment to destroy their operation since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD348/946697655115/1405030628

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Water streams over carpets that filter the earth and water at an illegal gold mine in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown on illegal gold mining since a nationwide ban took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD347/866785059025/1405030628

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/01/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Nightclub workers wait for customers at a club located along a highway turn off that leads to gold mining camps in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD343/955384673416/1405030639

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    Manuel Espinosa holds his 4-month-old son Edward, brought to him by his wife as he takes a break from mining gold in La Pampa, located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/646980624818/1405030641

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A man throws an empty drum into the crater made from gold mining in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/571540231303/1405030646

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner washes sand and gold with mercury in La Pampa, in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. People at the illegal gold mine are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/192655711675/1405030644

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A miner washes sand and gold with mercury inside a barrel at La Pampa gold mine in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Gold miners use mercury to bind the gold flecks they dig up, and are working up to the last minute while they fear authorities will arrive any moment as part of a government crackdown since a nationwide ban on illegal gold mining took effect April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/464935319694/1405030652

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/01/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A nightclub worker sits outside the club located along a highway turn off that leads to gold mining camps in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/404168313475/1405030651

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A mother prepares breakfast as her son sits by at La Pampa gold mine in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports, and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/NYOTK/191136100083/1405030650

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    05/01/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    A nightclub worker sits outside a club located along a highway turn off that leads to gold mining camps in the La Pampa area of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD349/677004537998/1405030719