Organised crime finds value in the digital waste dump of Ghana's Agbogbloshie


In the early 2000s, "Agbogbloshie", a section of Old Fadama, a large slum on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana, became a dumping ground for unwanted electronic waste, recast as "donations", from the developed world, which found it cheaper to ship in bulk than to recycle: old computers, cameras, TV sets. Over time, the area became a haven for organised criminals, who see the e-waste as a treasure trove of personal information including credit card information and private financial data that has not been properly erased.

Writer: Atlas Obscura
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