IN THE COCOA INDUSTRY
Child Labor Information
Over 20% of the world’s cocoa supply is produced in 2 African Nations: Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Unfortunately, due to the increase in the demand for cocoa, these nations have decided to use Child Labor and Slavery. Children as young as 5 years old are being denied the right to education and instead are being forced to work long hours on cacao plantations for little/no pay. ILO has stated that child labor in the cocoa industry is the “Worst form of Child Labor”, and has publically stated that it is their top priority to eliminate this.
Child Working with Dangerous Tools
Children are being forced to use dangerous cutting tools called machetes, which could easily cut through flesh and leave permanent scars.
Children are denied education, and spend hours in horrible conditions and are cruelly punished for failure to produce satisfactory amounts of cocoa.
Working on the Plantation
Children have to cut cacao beans from high locations with dangerous tools. A falling cacao bean can knock out and cause permanent brain damage to children. They also have to carry heavy loads across long distances.