Illegal gold mining in Peru

In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, there are an estimated 18,000 people who are mining for gold in the area. Authorities say that up to 97 percent, or 17,460 miners, are working there without being registered as a miner. In the region, up to 50 percent of all economic activity is due to the illegal gold mining industry. The Madre de Dios region produces up to one-fifth of the gold produced annually by Peru.

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Drug Arrests of Foreigners in Chile in 2011

In 2011, around 2,400 people from foreign countries were arrested for crimes in Chile. 70 percent of those arrested were for drug trafficking activities. 48 percent of the drug trafficking arrests were of people from Bolivia, 34 percent from Peru, and 8 percent of the foreign nationals were from Argentina. In 2011, up to 5 percent of the jail population in Chile were of foreign nationals.

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