This 12-month investigation reveals an industry far bigger than previously thought, worth up to US$31 billion in 2014 alone. That is equivalent to nearly half the GDP for the whole of Myanmar, but hardly any of the money is reaching ordinary people or state coffers.
Instead, the sector is secretly controlled by networks of military elites, drug lords and crony companies associated with the darkest days of junta rule.
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