Support Slavery! Buy a Chocolate Bar.
Around Easter, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been gnawing chocolate bunnies and eggs.
About half the world’s cocoa comes from Ivory Coast, Africa, where Stop the Traffik estimates some 12,000 children have been trafficked to harvest cocoa beans. The children are not paid for their work.
Large chocolate companies aren’t particularly worried about this; after all, you don’t care, do you?
â€œOkay, call it slavery, but you know theyâ€™re dirt poor down there anyway…â€
(NestlÃ© spokesperson, quoted on Tony Chocolonely)
Though attention to the trafficking of children has been gaining momentum in the United Kingdom, the chocolate connection doesn’t seem to have taken off in North America.
Stop the Traffik has a MySpace site with links to relevant information.