Illegal Gem Mining in Kenya

Illegal miners in Kenya are living in poverty and are selling gems on the black market in order to eat, reports the BBC.  According to the report, the miners are selling stolen gems dug up from mines to  traders for $2.  The gems then go on to the world markets where they are sold for up to $1,000.

Source:  Kenneth Mungai, “Deadly game of Kenya’s gem trade,” BBC News, August 14, 2009.