Traveling into the Heart of the Asbestos Industry

Nowadays, asbestos is banned in nearly 60 countries and its use is limited in other nations including the United States. However, because it was used in commercial and industrial construction for nearly 100 years, millions of workers were already exposed to asbestos and 10,000 people continue to be exposed to it every year — in the US alone.

In this VICE Report episode, correspondent Milène Larsson visits the largest asbestos mine in the world and meets with workers whose livelihoods depend entirely on asbestos.

Surprisingly, they did not seem worried about the risks associated with asbestos mining. After all, asbestos is the city’s pride. It is celebrated with a song, monuments, and even its own museum.

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