Philippines: Child Labor and Gold Mining A small boy uses a shovel to move mud into a sluice box near the Panique mining area on the Island of Masbate in the Philippines. Child labor is on the rise due to a steady increase in the price of gold worldwide. An estimated 18,000 children work in small-scale mines in the Philippines. The country ranks 18th in gold production worldwide and the steady increase in global gold prices have had a corresponding impact on the number of child laborers. Image by Larry C. Price. Philippines, 2012.
Published November 7, 2012
LARRY C. PRICE, FOR THE PULITZER CENTER
The islands of the Philippines are rich in gold, producing more than 31 metric tons in 2011 to rank 18th in world production. More than half of that gold comes from small-scale mines. It is in these mines that you will find the children.
Tiny children and teens toil in the gold mines of the Philippines. It is very risky business, sometimes deadly. But child labor is growing as families rush to exploit the worldwide craze for gold.
November 7, 2012 / Untold Stories
LARRY C. PRICE
Photojournalist Larry C. Price reports that children, some as young as 4, toil in the gold mines of the Philippines
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Larry C. Price is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Dayton, Ohio. Larry spent much of his career in newspaper journalism as a photographer and an editor at six...
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