It’ s quite usual for people who care about their food to also care about its provenance. Where did it come from, who produced it, and by what methods? Next time you are tucking into a delicious chocolate bar, spare a thought for the child slaves who may have been involved in producing it.
Most of the world’s cocoa production comes from the Ivory Coast, but at a high cost for many poor families. The cocoa producers often use child labour and even go as far as abducting children and trafficking them. Below are videos of a BBC Panorama investigation into child trafficking in the Ivory Coast to provide free or cheap labour for the cocoa industry.
Perhaps this investigation has shocked you and you’d like to do something to help these children. Anti-Slavery International has plenty of information and suggestions of what you can do to help on their “Take action” page.
Not all actions require money or donations – it could be as simple as writing an email to a major chocolate company to express your concern about forced labour and trafficking. And to make it even easier for you to help, they have a sample letter which you can copy to add your voice to the campaign.