Two women from Papua New Guinea flew halfway around the world this week to tell their stories of sexual assault at a Canadian mining giant's shareholders' meeting — but when they arrived at the meeting, they say they were told they couldn't speak.
Everlyn Gaupe and Joycelyn Mandi allege they were raped years ago by security guards employed by the Porgera Joint Venture mine, which is co-owned by Barrick Gold and Chinese company Zijin Mining Group. The company has compensated about 130 women, including Gaupe, although she says her payment was not enough. Mandi also sought compensation, but didn't receive any. The women claim that rapes, beatings, and environmental contamination are still happening at the mine's dumping site today.
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