Despite years of pressure on Hershey’s, Nestlé, and other chocolate heavyweights, thousands of kids under 14 are still doing the tough work of harvesting cocoa beans.
There’s nothing sweet about child labor.
Big Chocolate uses forced labor in West Africa and feeds obesity and diabetes in the United States.
The politics and socioeconomics of chocolate and why it is still a guilty pleasure.
Join Tiffany Williams, Advocacy Director for IPS’ Break the Chain Campaign and Emira Woods, Co-Director of IPS’ Foreign Policy In Focus project as we present a screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary film by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano about the continued allegations of trafficking of children and child labor in the international cocoa industry.
This Halloween, try to ensure that your chocolate isn’t tainted.
World Day Against Child Labor is this Saturday, June 12. Take a stand and demonstrate that children cannot continue to suffer while the world remains silent.
Let’s sweeten it for everyone by helping stamp out child slavery and other abusive labor conditions.