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Monday, August 4, 2014

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Stop enslaved child labor in cocoa industry


Hershey's, Mars, Ferrero Rocher, Godiva And other Enslaved Child Labor Chocolate companies

Much of our decadent chocolate flows from the veins of children through the practice of child trafficking and enslaved child labor. Approximately 43 percent of the worlds cocoa bean supply comes straight from the Ivory Coast and 17 percent from Ghana. That derives 60 percent of the world’s chocolate from those two locations. In the Ivory Coast, one third of the nation’seconomy is fueled by profits made from the 600,000 cocoa farms in the country.These cocoa beans supply many of the well-known corporations and the industry of chocolate is one that generates 80 billion dollars a year.And much of this chocolate is riddled with the marks of child trafficking. To be fair, chocolate companies have made an initiative to stop this kind of slavery from happening. Many chocolate companies and two senators came together to formulate a protocol which agreed to eliminate many forms of child labor. This protocol was known as the Harkin-Engel Protocol, named after the two senators that helped draft it. This contract, if you will, was signed in September of 2001. But even now the practice has not been completely abolished and progress is very slow to come. We as Americans are number one in the arena of chocolate consumption.We are the most culpable for advocating these procedures. And every time we rip open a Hershey’s, Mars, Godiva, or other chocolate bar that has not been approved by Fair Trade we are promoting this economy that has enslaved about 3.6 million African children and forces them to labor long treacherous hours, with no education, proper clothing, food, and most importantly no childhood. Through these statistics one can only begin to develop a mere framework that can be used to understand the magnitude of this ethical crisis.Which approach shall we take in order to amend for these problems? Is the answer truly that clear? The response to that question is yes. Let us imagine ourselves as a slave. A seven year old taken from their home who will never see their family again. You will never know what it is like to play, to learn, to experience a relative happiness. You will never attend a school to expand your horizons of thought and understanding. You life will consist of reoccurring beatings, violations of your rights, and ultimately fear of other human beings. Most contradictory, however, is that you will never taste the product you have sacrificed your life and childhood for. You will never experience that luscious cocoa running down your throat. And you will most likely never meet the people who so ignorantly promote the life you are living. When looking at it from this perspective, the answer to the ethical dilemma is very clear. Stop this lucid infringement of the autonomy of a human soul. Stop child trafficking in the chocolate business. And stop it now.
Faizah Shareef