The chocolate industry has had 10 years to eradicate child trafficking in West African cocoa plantations. So far, after earning over $1 trillion, their contribution to this cause is equal to the crumbs of the chocolate missing from this bar.
70% of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa, where many farms employ children that are trafficked and forced to work in conditions akin to slavery.
10 YEARS ago the biggest chocolate companies promised to get rid of child trafficking in the cocoa industry in West Africa.
10 YEARS on, despite their promises, we only have a tiny amount of Traffik Free chocolate.
10 YEARS have earned the cocoa industry $1 trillion. Only 0.0075% of this has been invested into improving working conditions in West Africa.
Please take parliamentary action to stop child trafficking in the cocoa industry.
West Africa produces 70% of the world’s cocoa. 1.8 million children are working on 2 million cocoa farms there. Many of these children are trafficked into exploitation on these farms.
10 years ago the biggest chocolate companies promised to get rid of child trafficking in the cocoa industry in West Africa. 10 years on, all their promises have resulted in is a tiny amount of Traffik Free chocolate. 10 years of broken promises have earned the cocoa industry $1 trillion. Only 0.0075% of this has been invested into improving working conditions in West Africa.
Promises can be broken – we need a law that must be kept – it’s time for governments to act. I am writing as part of STOP THE TRAFFIK, a member of the Ten Campaign that is a joint global initiative by NGOs and Trade Unions to end child trafficking in the cocoa industry. Together we are asking you to help us implement legislation requiring:
a) Independent inspections of chocolate companies’ supply chains down to farm level, which are submitted to parliament and published annually.
b) Annual public disclosure of all efforts and money spent on tackling child trafficking in chocolate companies’ supply chains.
c) The possibility for trafficking victims who have been part of a chocolate company’s supply chain to bring legal action against them.
d) An offence for companies to trade in cocoa products produced using child trafficking victims.
e) Establishing an independent body that monitors and reports on the chocolate industry’s progress in keeping the above laws and regulations.
Why should children toil, at the expense of their health, education and sometimes their lives, for an industry so immensely profitable. You can end child trafficking in cocoa industry.