In China, jade has long-been prized for its durability and beauty, but what are the hidden dark realities surrounding the milky green gem?
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The workers in these open-pit mines are badly paid, some getting about one US dollar a day, and ‘’they have to work 12-hour shifts or longer, sometimes at night, and with little breaks,’’.’
The mining companies belong to cronies of the junta. They care little about abusing the people, their rights, and even destroying the environment.’’
Chinese presence at the regular gem and jade auctions in Rangoon has grown dramatically in the years since. Early this year, a visiting Asian buyer was struck by the dominance of Chinese at a recent sale of Burmese jade.