We know this story & have seen it all too often across West Africa, please take the 10m58s to watch this clip of a series of 5.
The Ivorian government is now acting on child trafficking, but the farmers are all scared they will be taken to prison for having the children.
It’s a vicious circle, the farmers get very little for their efforts, they need to keep their overheads down. They can’t even afford a bar of chocolate in Cote d’Ivoire, it’s out of the question with prices at a minimum of 2€, a bar of ‘Milka’ costs somewhat more.
So are you contributing to the farmer’s efforts? Have you checked the origin of the chocolate you enjoy? To ensure there is a fair trade agreement in place?
Help them get out of this vicious circle & therefore stop the use of the children on the farms!
Please don’t forget, the children are not solely trafficked for cocoa production but also to be sold in a variety of other forms, including as a house servant.
If you have 45m to spare, this will give you a real insight into the situation BUT please bear in mind this was filmed prior to the last elections; things are getting better in Cote d’Ivoire but there’s a long way to go still!