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Myanmar mine workers search for jade, find misery

Drugs, violence & graft mar jade industry amid insatiable China demand for the gem.

As Myanmar experiments with democratic governance after almost 50 years of dictatorship, its handling of the jade industry has become a test of the new leaders.

Myitkyina, Myanmar

AT 16, the gem trader's son set out for the jade mines to seek his fortune in the precious stone that China craves. But a month in, the teenager, Sang Aung Bau Hkum, was feeding his own addiction: heroin, the drug of choice among the men who work the bleak terrain of...

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