Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

| December 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

Chocolate is a food product of the cacao bean and forced child slavery. The cacao bean generally grows in the tropical climates of Latin America and West Africa. 45 – 75% of the world’s chocolate comes from cacao production in West Africa’s Ivory Coast and Ghana as a result of child slave operations.

Although it is known as the cacao bean, its almost always referred to as cocoa. The chocolate produced as a result of child slave labor is said to be sold to the mega-powers in the industry like Hershey’s, Mars and Nestlé.

Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

  • 3 million tons of chocolate are consumed each year, over half of that tonnage in Europe, and people all over the world enjoy and love the food.
  • Africa’s children probably don’t enjoy chocolate as much as the general public. They are forced to labor as slaves on the cocoa plantations in Africa to produce it.
  • A Swiss company, Barry Callebaut, is the largest supplier of the cocoa mass which is used to produced the food. Most of it from Africa where its said to be a product of child labor.
  • Children are said to be smuggled from Mali to the Ivory Coast and forced into slavery.
  • Conducting investigative journalism on the subject child slavery in the chocolate industry can be dangerous.

[Related News Item – Disappeared: Guy-André Kieffer missing in Ivory Coast]

  • Gourmet chocolate doesn’t seem very gourmet anymore does it?
  • 1 pound of cacao costs about one dollar and can produce close to 40 chocolate bars.
  • Plenty of children are seen working on plantations in this documentary.
  • It costs about 300$ to buy a child slave. The price includes delivery and permanent use of the child. Most of the children never get paid for their work. Some escape.
  • Nestlé has been doing business on the Ivory Coast for over half a century which amounts to over 50 years of profiting from an area proven to use child slave labor to produce chocolate sold.


Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

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