Fighting Illegal Mining in French Guiana: A Security Assessment


    Many Latin American countries are having to deal with the problem of illegal mining and its ramifications. In French Guiana, as well as in Suriname, there are extensive forced labour networks linked to domestic illegal gold markets. Those ensnared in illegal mining areas are often migrant workers or low-income residents. This illegal gold is sold in domestic, regional, and foreign markets. Although French security forces have increased their activity in the area, they are hampered by the presence of criminal groups, the difficult geography, and the nearby borders.

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    Javier Sutil Toledano
    Javier Sutil Toledano
    Javier is a Junior Intelligence Analyst specialising in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, he is finishing an International Master Degree in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies.

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