Dirty Gold [S3, E1]
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Climbing rates for gold have sparked a growing wave of illegal mining, leaving illicit activity and abuses in its wake. From the Amazon to Sub-Saharan Africa, drug trafficking and organized crime connected to gold prospecting is on the rise. Gold-producing regions too often suffer from weak governing bodies and scant oversight, which means lax protections for workers, environmental degradation, and local corruption. Mark Pieth joins Altamar to help shed light on the gold industry's intricate labyrinth of miners, bankers, traffickers, and enablers – and how to clean it up. Pieth is the head of Basel University’s Institute on Governance, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at Basel, and author of Gold Laundering: The Dirty Secrets of the Gold Trade and How to Clean Up.



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