China Miners Stricken With Black Lung Amid Gold Boom

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Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Margaret Conley reports on China's rise in the gold market and the cost it had on miners. China's hunger for gold help drive the price of the metal higher, and at the same time undermine the country’s goal of gaining control of its mining industry, which relies on cheap labor working without adequate protection. Migrant workers move from mine to mine without contracts and are often unable to get insurance or even compensation, and some are stricken with silicosis, an incurable lung disease caught by inhaling dust in the mines. (Source: Bloomberg)


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