The Diamond Industry 's Influence On Economic Trade Essay

1825 Words Dec 17th, 2015 8 Pages
Charles Taylor a former Liberian President on May 30, 2012 was sentenced to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting during the Sierra Leone civil war. The Special Court of Sierra Leone found him guilty on 11 counts of crimes such as terrorism, murder, and enslavement. Liberia and Sierra Leone Taylor was the first Liberian government official to be found guilty for receiving royalties from illegal diamond mines that were exchanged for armored weapons and utilities. The conflict or “blood” diamond is a term referencing the illegal smuggling and trading of rocks that are used to fund rebel forces to wage crimes in underprivileged areas like Liberia and Sierra Leone. As a result of events in Liberia conflict diamonds have embedded a cycle of corruption within the culture because of the diamond industry 's influence upon economic trade, civil war crimes, and mismanagement of dictators like Taylor.
The diamond industry in the early 1950’s exported the agriculture and natural resources of Liberia and Sierra Leone much like British and French colonies. The De Beers industry had gained control of the diamond mines, which influenced economic trade through uses of forced labor as a way to implement illegal diamond mines for financial gain. Thus, native lands of Sierra Leone and Liberia have since began illegally smuggling and trafficking conflict diamonds and weapons to rebel forces like the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) supported by Charles Taylor. The diamond industry’s…

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