20 gold miners missing in central Vietnam

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Authorities in the central highlands province of Quang Nam have asked local police to launch a search for 20 people who are working far away from home but haven't contacted their families for months.


Le Doan Phuoc, chairman of Tra Son Commune's People's Committee, said they made the request after some newspapers reported that a boy from the commune's Tan Hiep Village was rescued last week after living in a forest for nearly one month.


The boy, who was later identified as 15-year-old Dinh Van Diet, was hired by a man to work at a gold mine in the province for VND2 million (US$103) a month in May.


But, as he couldn't stand the hard labor and suffered brutal beatings, he ran away from the mine and got lost in the woods.


Early September a 17-year-old boy from the village was also rescued in another commune after running away from a gold mine, Thanh Nien reporters found.


According to Phuoc, they have found at least 20 people, including 13 men, had followed "strangers" to work away from home and haven't contacted their families for many months.


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