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Illegal mining breeds child labor, prostitution in Diplahan [Philippines]

Author: AL JACINTO, GMANews.TV [Philippines], Published on: 21 March 2010

The illegal mining trade in...Zamboanga Sibugay is...threatening the environment and the health of its people...Prostitution and child trafficking have become a big problem in Diplahan...[T]he tunnels dug by miners...are also in danger of collapsing due to poor construction...Miners...don’t wear hard hats or gloves...“This mountain is our home, our life and future and gold is life. We have sent our children to schools, gave them good education because of our hard work," said...an elderly woman who operates a ball mill...

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