The Cocoa Child Labor Problem
Child labor is now arising in the cocoa farms of West Africa
Cocoa Child Labor
Child labour is work where a child can be hurt and/or is kept out of school. This is a growing problem in the cocoa farms of West Africa. Farm owners don’t have much money. They need to keep their prices competitive, so, they turn to child labour. With these workers, children, they don’t have to pay labour costs, or barely need to pay at all. Cocoa communities are surrounded by intense poverty, children are trafficked, abducted, or sold by relatives to these farms where they endure harsh treatment. Once children go to these farms they may not see their families for years, if ever.
The Treatment of Laborers
Where is this happening?
The Effects on West Africa
What can you do?
Regular people can make all the difference for cocoa child laborers. Organizing fundraisers to raise awareness and money is a great way to do so. Even trying to stop eating chocolate, or beginning to avoid child labor cocoa sourced companies helps. You can donate to certain organizations for school kits or supplies for child laborers. Supporting such organizations in public awareness raising activities such as World Day against child labour can also help. Anything and everything makes a difference, either to raise money, awareness, or supplies, it lets a child somewhere in West Africa reclaim their childhood.
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