Artisanal gold mining workers shot dead in Peru

April 25, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Artisanal gold-mining

Artisanal gold mining workers shot dead in Peru


Seven people were shot dead inside a gold-mining tunnel in a southern Peruvian region where thousands of so-called artisanal miners dig for ore high up in the Andes. Prosecutors are investigating the killings, which occurred on Monday.

All seven victims were found with bullet wounds in their heads in a tunnel in La Rinconada, a sprawling gold-mining settlement at 5,100 meters (16,700 feet) above sea level known for its lawlessness and difficult working conditions.

Consecutive governments in Peru, Latin America’s biggest gold producer, have pushed artisanal or so-called “informal” miners at La Rinconada to turn their operations into tax-paying businesses that adhere to safety, labor and environmental laws.

But there is little oversight of mining in La Rinconada and scant policing in the area. Local media have reported on shoot-outs, robberies or murders that take place there, often believed to be over gold or access to rich deposits.

Pictures of the crime scene provided by the prosecutors’ office showed authorities wearing headlamps descending into a dark tunnel. A sign at the entry indicated the mining concession belonged to Corporacion Minera Ananea S.A.

A person who answered the phone at Corporacion Minera Ananea’s headquarters in the city of Juliaca said the company would not be able to immediately provide comment.

According to Peruvian customs data, last year Corporacion Minera Ananea exported about $1.2 million of unspecified goods to Switzerland, the world’s gold refining hub.

More than 40 million people around the world work in artisanal and small-scale mining where minerals including gold, diamonds and cobalt are dug up often by hand, a report by the World Bank and development organization Pact said earlier on Wednesday.

Artisanal miners at La Rinconada produced some 6.8 million fine grams of gold last year, or about nearly 5 percent of Peru’s gold production, according to government data.


There is a huge amount of business in these gold mines and there are bound to be criminals and robbers to take advantage of the hard work of the miners. These are small-scale miners who are not officially employed by a mining company but work independently, mining various minerals or panning for gold using their own resources.

They have families to support single-handedly and not many resources to protect themselves against robbers. It is in the interest of the government and the country to protect such a community of skilled laborers who contribute significantly to the gold output of the country.

To do this they must first restore the confidence of the workers in the police and the judiciary.  Doing this is not an easy proposition. Since such crimes took place in remote areas inside mines, it is very hard to retrieve evidence. What is certain however is that the perpetrators have the whole crime recorded in their brains, down till the last detail such as time, date, the appearance of the victims, site of the crime, murder weapon, etc.

What is lacking, is that most agencies around the world do not have access to methods with which they can extract such highly specific crime-related information from the brain of the criminals. This may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but this is exactly what is needed to solve such crimes.


Brainwave Science, a Massachusetts based company has introduced a scientific method to address all the problems listed above. It’s a technology called iCognative. It speeds up intelligence gathering for a number of agencies like national security, immigration, border control, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, and human and drug trafficking.

Deception originates in the human brain. iCognative is the only technology which can detect and pinpoint it. What if investigators could tap into the brain of a suspect or a witness and tap into the clues which link him or her to the crime. iCognative is the latest and the best technology to hit the block. Its introduction has overhauled the entire forensic discipline. Gone are the days where interrogations meant torture and invasive means. Brainwave Science’s iCognative eliminates torture from the process altogether. The test administrator does not need to interact with the test subject.

As the iCognative test is highly customizable, it can be used by different kinds of departments and in many languages. This makes it globally relevant and applicable. Brainwave Science supports all its users extensively.

What’s more, the onboarding time for any department to adopt iCognative is very short. It is very simple to understand iCognative technology. The test results are available immediately after the 45-minute-long test. There is no wait for the results, unlike other tests. Not only is it fast, but it is also cost-effective as well.

The hardware used is extremely portable and can be used by a single test administrator. The specialized wireless headset is worn by the test subject and records the brainwave responses of the test subject when he or she is made to look at stimuli on the computer screen. The computer then reads these responses and computes a result. The stimuli comprise pictures, words, and phrases related to the crime under investigation. The real criminal will have planned and plotted the whole crime many times. He or she knows intricate details about it. In this case, Isaak may have done some recce of the mines and then planned the robbery. Even if he didn’t plan it, he has witnessed himself committing it. If an arrested suspect is indeed the culprit and is made to look at the stimuli containing such details in addition to the pictures and details of the crime scene which are not released into the public, then his brain response will indicate that ‘information is present’, otherwise, the iCognative test will indicate that ‘information is absent’.

Thus, after a quick iCognative test, the police can be assured that they are proceeding in the right direction when they say that a certain suspect is likely to be the culprit.

iCognative is a revolutionary tool which has changed the entire forensics and investigation world upside down. The Peruvian prosecutors must use iCognative to solve this case at the earliest, with minimum resources and trauma to the suspects.

Main source: Reuters

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