Jayapura,28/3 ( Jubi ) – Member of Papua Legislative Council ,Charles Simaremare is concerned about the adverse effects of mining in Degeuwo people, Paniai Regency, Papua since the practice of prostitution in the gold mining region is quite high.
” Moreover, the circulation and consumption of alcoholic beverages in that location can be harmful such as the transmission of HIV / AIDS. We only take small aircraft because the region is isolated,” Simare- mare said on Friday (28/3).
The communities who live in the area confirmed that gold mining existence has been improving the economy of local residents.
“Yes, people told me that their economic condition is increasing although the goods prices are more expensive. The location was in the middle of the forest yet there is electricity and telephone networks , ” he said.
He further said that the livelihoods of local communities is a traditional mining by perforating the mountains to search gold
” Why the government is not monitoring it, if it is ignored, the spread of HIV / AIDS will be increasing rapidly, ” he said.
Previously, secretary of the Department of Mines and Energy of Papua province Fred Boray, said Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe has instructed Degeuwo gold mine to shutdown because it does not benefit local community.
” At this location, there is rampant prostitution used for exchange payment with gold. Actually, the region must be interfered because until now there are over 10 thousands miners, ” he said .
He added mostly all gold mines do not have a license while the gold continued to be dredged .
“The government must handle it seriously because it is governor’s instruction, ” he said . ( Jubi / Arjuna/ Tina)