From colonial times, the province of Antioquia, Colombia, was the center of gold trading. At that time, Spanish colonists came here to seek the legendary treasure. In the northeastern town of de Segovia, miners drill in the Songpi mine, where more than 700 miners are working. And gold has been produced here for more than 400 years, and there are thousands of tunnels dug out for gold mining.
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Now, due to the rising price of precious metals, illegal gold mining has generated about 7 billion US dollars (about 48.3 billion yuan) of economic value to armed groups and criminal gangs. These profits have surpassed cocaine as the main source of income for these criminal groups. Armed groups and drug cartels are setting up gold mining operations in Segovia, and both want to come here to earn a share of the money.
This is a picture of two miners standing in a basket, which is put into the mine by a crane. “You have to give them money, and if you don’t have money, they will kill you,” said Carlos Mario, 60, the head of the miner In the local area, manual miners, including many migrant workers from all over the country, were forced to “pay taxes” by criminal gangs, and many people suffered misfortune under their pressure. And they have complaints but dare not say.