Reporter’s Files: Venezuela

Article: Illegal miners hunt for their fortunes in diamonds in a lawless area.

This was a cool trip to a region accessible only by boat or small plane (I went by boat.) to a town that revolves around illegal diamond mining. Besides the miners, its main residents are sex workers and the buildings are plywood. Once a week, a dealer flies in with a briefcase stuffed with cash and cuffed to his wrist to buy the precious stones. Here’s my story: