Chocolate Child Slavery
By: Mikaila, Colin, Julie, Vivian, Cole
This child is raking the newly picked cocoa beans
Who is this about?
What is happening?
Chocolate plantations are using child slaves for labor. These children are working in horrible, unsanitary conditions causing some to get very sick. They use sharp machetes to cut down cocoa pods from trees and are constantly cutting themselves accidentally. Also the bark of the cocoa tree is very rough and the children get scratches all over their bodies. Not only that, the workers abuse the kids sexually, physically and emotionally. They have to endure these horrible things and most don't even get paid. The ones that do get paid, receive very little.
This is where a kid is using one of the machetes to cut down a cocoa pod
When did this happen?
No one knows when it started but it is currently happening.
Where is this taking place?
Why are they using children?
What can we do to help?
What could be done to stop this is...
The chocolate industry should develop and support programs to rescue and rehabilitate children who have been sold to chocolate farms. So far they have done nothing to prevent slavery and child labor. Even Hersey's has done nothing and will not release the location of their chocolate source and they are one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world.