Golden Slum: Golden Slum

Martin Luque Vargas, 40, right, and his mother Filicitas Luque Vargas, 58, examine a sack of ore for gold before heading into town to make a sale. Martin moved his three children and his mother to the area in July 2008 after he lost his job - because of the recession - as a traffic controller in a nearby district.
Golden Slum, La Rinconada, Peru

Martin Luque Vargas, 40, right, and his mother Filicitas Luque Vargas, 58, examine a sack of ore for gold before heading into town to make a sale. Martin moved his three children and his mother to the area in July 2008 after he lost his job - because of the recession - as a traffic controller in a nearby district.