Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CHILD TRAFFICKING AND CHOCOLATE

Photo: Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour

In a village in Ghana, the BBC's Paul Kenyon met 12-year-old Ouare.

Ouare comes from Burkino Faso.

Ouare was sold to traffickers by his uncle.

Ouare was taken to Ghana and sold as a cocoa picker.

He has not been paid any money.

The BBC has seen documents which show that in September 2009, the Fairtrade cocoa co-operative in Ghana, which supplies Cadbury and Divine, was getting some of its cocoa from farming communities that were found to be using the worst forms of child labour. (Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour )

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In the Ivory Coast, many children on cocoa farms don't go to school.

Such children get one meal a day and a roof over their head, in return for their work.

Some of the children suffer beatings and abuse. (Labouring for chocolate)

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2 comments:

Marycatherine Barton said...

Thanks for reminding us about the connection between chocolate and child abuse. I have signed petitions and admittedly do not know if Nestle, which chocolate I drink, does not use children for labor.

Anonymous said...


For God's sake, if you don't know, then don't drink it. That comment makes no sense at all - either you are supportive of improving the world or you are not. The Internet is a very easy place to find out about any corporation you'd like to find out about.
Thank you.

 
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