Many miners work at the gold mine owned by Corporación Ananea. Under the cachorreo system they work for 30 days without payment. On the 31st day they are allowed to take with them as much ore as they can carry on their shoulders. Whether the ore contains any gold or not is a matter of luck. The city has no plumbing and no sanitation system. Besides having no sewage system there is significant contamination with mercury due to the mining practices.
This is fucked up and sad, but hey, maybe they'll be laughing all the way to the bank in 100 years when the rest of the world is underwater and they're living high up near the remains of the only natural drinking water left.
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