Help Save Child Slaves in Africa
Children Are Being Forced into Labour on Cacao Plantations
Why are Cocoa Companies Using Child Slaves?
The owners of cacao plantations use the children to do their work. Cacao farms in West Africa are using kids for a cheap workforce. They make the children work to support their families, and some child slaves who do not want to work are sold to farmers. When the children are on the cacao farms, they may not see their families for years or maybe forever. The worst forms of child labor have plagued the industry, and they get low wages, if any, meaning farmers cannot pay workers for the labor needed to harvest the crop. The owners teach the children how to work and how to cut cocoa beans off trees. Growing farms face the realities of rural poverty. The workers have poor health, almost no water to drink because it's too dirty, and almost no food to eat that could keep them healthy. Kids working on the farms help the owners keep prices low, but it severely harms the children.
What are People Doing to Children in the Cocoa Farms?
The children who don’t do what they are told could be sold to other people, but it is not cheap to buy them, especially if they work hard. If the children try to escape from the cocoa farms, they get beaten and sometimes sent to jail. Some children get $2 each day for the work they do. The Western African children are surrounded by intense poverty. They needed to grow food crops for the families' owners and for them to eat, but they have to eat last. More than 70% of the world’s supply of cocoa comes from two countries nestled on the southern shore of West Africa. In conclusion, child slaves work hard to do things to stay alive.
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What Are the Companies Going to Do to Help?
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