The Child Slaves of Chocolate
Americans will purchase around 58 million pounds of chocolate during the days leading up to the 14th (a fraction of the reported 3 billion pounds per year), and we pay around $345 million to satisfy our Valentine’s sweet tooth, according to Nielsen.
But for thousands of people, chocolate means slavery.
From the CNN Freedom Project: “The chocolate bar you snack on likely starts at a plant in a West African cocoa plantation, and often the people who harvest it are children. Many are slaves to a system that produces something almost all of us consume and enjoy.
The CNN Freedom Project sent correspondent David McKenzie into the heart of the Ivory Coast – the world’s largest cocoa producer – to investigate what’s happening to children working in the fields.
His work has resulted in a shocking, eye-opening documentary showing that despite all the promises the global chocolate industry made a decade ago, much of the trade remains unchanged. There are still child slaves harvesting cocoa, even though some have never even tasted chocolate and some don’t even know what the word “chocolate” means.
In the documentary “Chocolate’s Child Slaves,” CNN discovers a human trafficking network and farmers using child labor for an industry offering low prices and little more than broken promises.”