Episode 12: ‘Apple’s Gold’
Producer/Director Brent McDonald
If you’re studying this in your cellphone, you might be holding illegally mined gold from Colombia, the place the valuable metallic has changed cocaine as the primary supply of revenue for organized crime. The rising demand for gold as a conductive metallic used in telephones and different digital merchandise has helped spawn a lethal unlawful commerce that’s tougher to trace than different black-market commodities like blood diamonds or medicine.
“The Weekly” travels to Colombia, the place violent paramilitary teams have infiltrated each degree of the provision chain, extorting prospectors, gold merchants and among the nation’s high mining officers. Our correspondent Nicholas Casey traces gold tainted by prison enterprises to see who earnings, and who seems to be the opposite means. He discovers a route from unlawful Colombian mines to the supply that Apple and different main firms use to purchase metals to make telephones and different merchandise many people carry in our pockets day by day.
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Senior Story Editors Dan Barry, Liz O. Baylen, and Liz Day
Colombia Producer Yerlin Pineda
Producer Lizzie Blenk
Directors of Photography Victor Tadashi Suarez and Vanessa Carr
Video Editor David Herr
Associate Producer Lora Moftah
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