Illegal gold mining in Peru hasn’t gone anywhere despite major efforts to eliminate it. With “movies”:http://www.peruthisweek.com/the-break-amazon-gold-101544, petitions and numerous cases pleading against the government for protection, illegal mining has continued to prevail in the region of Madre de Dios.
Almost 100 kilos every week are taken out of the Peruvian jungle by illegal means and transferred to Bolivia, according to Antonio Fernández Jerí, reports “El Comercio”:http://elcomercio.pe/peru/pais/oro-ilegal-100-kilos-se-envian-cada-semana-peru-bolivia-noticia-1817613?ref=portada_home.
Jerí is the high commissioner on issues of formalization of mining and interdiction of illegal mining. He informed that La Rinconada and Desaguadero are two of the main places where gold is sent, but in addition from Madre de Dios and into the Bolivian jungle.
As controls against illegal mining in ports and airport in Peru have become stricter, these routes are now being used at a higher rate.
From Bolivia, the gold travels to the US and Europe.
El Comercio reports that another reason these routes have increased their shipments is the number of policeman that have been deployed from these operations and down to Arequipa to support the Tía María project.