Golden Slum: Golden Slum

Many of the 30,000 Peruvians who call La Rinconada home lack basic educational skills. Most are employed under an ancient lottery system - and verbal contract - called cachorreo, in which they work for 30 days without pay. On the 31st day they receive payment in the form of a sack of ore, which may or may not contain gold. It's a cruel lottery that can lead to indentured servitude.
Golden Slum, La Rinconada, Peru

Many of the 30,000 Peruvians who call La Rinconada home lack basic educational skills. Most are employed under an ancient lottery system - and verbal contract - called cachorreo, in which they work for 30 days without pay. On the 31st day they receive payment in the form of a sack of ore, which may or may not contain gold. It's a cruel lottery that can lead to indentured servitude.