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Gold’s Costly Dividend: The Porgera Joint Venture

Private security personnel employed by the world’s largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold, have been implicated in alleged gang rapes and other violent abuses in Papua New Guinea. Barrick maintains a private security force of nearly 450 personnel at Porgera. The mine must cope with extraordinary security challenges, including violent raids by groups of illegal miners. But Human Rights Watch’s research documents a pattern of opportunistic, violent abuses that are in no way a reaction to these threats.

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