WATCH: Most dangerous method of searching for gold is practised only in the Philippines

18,000 children and 200,000 adults are recruited to be miners.

The miners have to dive into a 30 feet narrow, mud-filled mine shafts mine shaft with only snorkelling masks and long tubes to breathe.

A compressor pumps air to a hose clenched between the miner’s teeth. If a shaft collapses or an air tube is blocked, they have no chance of escape.

“If there is no way out, they simply cut the rope and leave you underwater. It happened to my uncle”, a kid said in a firsthand interview with the miners.

They lack even the most basic health and safety and workers are exposed to mercury fumes that contained a deadly neurotoxin that causes brain damage.

Workers continue to take these risks day after day, because there is no other source of income. Miners are paid up to 5$, Divers are paid double

Another kid was asked how much he is earning by this kind of job, he answered “Sometimes 115 pesos (2.30$), I gave everything to my grandma. There’s nothing left by the next morning”.

Meanwhile, extreme poverty among people who produce one of the world’s most precious metals leaves them no option but to continue with this pitiless occupation. Philippine Central Bank still buys the gold even if the government banned mining like this in 2012.

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