THOUSANDS of child laborers as young as nine years old are risking their lives diving and digging for gold in small-scale mines in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday. The children work in unstable 25-meter-deep pits, underwater, along the shore or in rivers, and process gold with mercury, a toxic metal, the New York-based rights group said in a 39-page report that documented the illegal practice in Camarines Norte and Masbate provinces.
Read more: Children risk lives mining gold, rights group says

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