Illegal mining by FARC

in Environmental Threats

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is estimated to earn around $1 Million a month through illegal mining activities. The guerrillas control access to illegal gold mines and charge users up to $1,600 for each backhoe that is used in the mining operation.

Source:  Edward Fox, “FARC Set to Exploit Venezuela ‘Conflict Mineral’ ,” InSight, March 12, 2012.

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