One of the children featured in the documentary, "Chocolate's Child Slaves," has never eaten chocolate and at 12 years of age, he wishes he could go to school instead of working. CNN attends a workshop for kids on ethical chocolate and gets their reaction to the plight of their peers on the cocoa plantations.
Americans love chocolate and eat about 11 pounds of it per person each year but what if they knew it might be made with child slave labor? Would they be willing to pay more to make sure that their chocolate is slave-free?
The Swiss are the second largest consumers of chocolate per capita. CNN goes to Zurich to ask the Swiss if they know where their famous chocolate really comes from.
Meet Steve Chalke, founder of Stop the Traffik. At his store, he shows consumers how to make right choices when buying chocolate, the kinds of certification to look for and why it's so important for consumers to be accountable.
The economy is bad and you want to ethically regulate all aspects of consumption? Talking about morals surpassing your economic capacity. Liberals and democrats are not good except @ destroying jobs.
right, we need jobs therefore slavery must live on for our sake!
Well said, and I agree.
That's right these kids should be cleaning out mine fields not picking cocoa. What's happen to this world!
When someone values money over life, something is very wrong with that person.
Right you are. Love of money is the root of all evil.
@david: Wrong quote. "Love of money is the root of all KINDS of evil." To say say all evil originates from a love of money would be a gross overstatement.
Wasnt that the same reason the old southern states wanted to maintain slavery? I guess you are pro slavery. I did not think that being anti slavery was liberal thought, more human compasionate thought, or are you just looking to give conservatives a bad name?
Paul you do know how a good economy works don't you? The abolishment of slavery in a country would increase jobs. Where then an individual gets paid money. That money at a percent is taken by what we call taxes. Taxes go to schools, hospitals the military. The more people that make money the more people you can tax. Allowing more money being able to be put towards schools, hospitals and the military.
Also kids can go to school get educated perhaps go on to universities and colleges. Going on to get big jobs which in the end will cause billions of dollars to be recycled back into the economy. Why cause those kids who were slaves got to get an education. Go on to get a good paying job. Now the settle down start a family who again will go on to higher education.
Millions of kids go to school equals billions of dollars over and over again. Until you get something like the United States of America.
Also all the jobs that would need to be created to ensure that slavery was abolished. In the country and the division of international law enforcement. And the shipping industry and the truck drivers and so on and so forth. Slavery is what keeps you to a third world country. The US is only where it is now because we did away with slavery.
Paul maybe if they used your children or future children to make money working them like slaves you would care, but its "those" people so we just have to live with it.
The stupidity and callousness you see on this site when its another ethnicity being exploited is just unbelievable. Today its them, tomorrow it'll be you.
Startbucks has just set a standard on improving the supply chain. Consumerism does not replace moral conscience. check this out http://www.yourethicalmoney.org/. Moral bearings are needed and if we could stop and think for a moment, it is a win win situation.
Well said, sir. Spoken like a true republican who doesn't care about human lives unless it's convenient to them.
Way to defend CHILD SLAVERY there... jerk.
Now lets be consistent and do this, but ethical cellphones, ethical computers, ethical toys, ethical books, ethical tools, ethical tvs, hey, how about ETHICAL OIL also? How many arabs did we kill in order to be able to fill our tanks TODAY? You guys are amazing.
BRILLIANT point , Paul !!!!! Exactly ! Only CNN, and the other left-wing extremists could come up with THIS level of insanity ! Just a few more : ethical left-wing broadcasting, ethical confiscation of individuals' earnings, ethical interpretation of power and responsibility : Big business siding with a Political Party, for the detriment of the people ( the definition of fascism ) = CNN ( big business ) and the Democrats ( Political Party )
Thanks for playing, CNN....now you can close up shop and go away.Your credibility has just self-destructed !!!!
Amazing to look at Americans discussing politics in such an opened basis... this means America is more than just consuming or going after wars around the world! Keep it up guys! The point about ethical oil or ethical computers, etc. is absolutely right...
Yes brilliant, that is exactly what we should do. Have items that enhance and improve the lives of humans and culture around the world. Or is it that you are anti human?
We are still paying for it…so I’d say not enough.
Gosh Paul, it could be worse. Your library card could be expired and you couldn't use the computer any more. Now that would really impact the economy.
Central America's bloody drug problem
TM or rivero go are not allowed to use stars if doing so they are not allowed to give schools which not their preises
I'm not a liberal, in fact, my support of freedom clashes directly against most liberal ideals. However, if our sources of consumer products are based on slavery and child labor, if we really believe in freedom we should be opposed to them, and in fact, embargo those products. We don't -need- them, and I don't care how the economy is doing, it's no excuse for DIRECTLY supporting slavery by paying for it.
That is exactly what should happen!
For me it is amazing that people can not see the difference between sweat shops and slavery. Sweat Shops make wages and work long hours but at least they are not slaves. There is no choice whatsoever when it comes to being a slave especially when you are child. If a child is even able to escape, where would they even go?
Now that is the best statement I have heard here so far. Thanks for being part of the human race :-)
There is hope after all.......
> I'm not a liberal, in fact, my support of freedom clashes directly against most liberal ideals.
Then you don’t know where the term ‘liberal’ comes from or you are confusing the term.
Not our problem.
You suck Jeff. That's a fact!
Our we willing to torture children over a cup of coffee or a candy bar? Then why are we supporting it?
We need to stand behind our government's measures to stop abuses such as these children are forced to endure.
We need to be informed as to which companies support this misuse by underpaying for their raw materials. Then we need to boycott those companies, forcing them by the only means they understand, their gross profit.
My dad added, "Did you know 40% of the world's population, 2.7 billion people, live on less than $2 per day? If they earned enough to survive, they wouldn't be forced to sell their children into slavery. Whose fault is that? Economic inequality - a few rich people hoarding most of the money. They do it through government. There is a close correlation between economic inequality, measured by Gini, and the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The solution is honest government. An awareness campaign should focus on dishonesty. The CPI is not a measure of socialism. Some of the highest scoring countries are Singapore and New Zealand, which are solidly capitalistic. Some of the worst offenders, such as Uzbekistan, are leftist.
All countries have the same prevalence of incompetent and dishonest people. That's the human condition. Abuses occur when the incompetent take over government. That's why elections are so important. Voters may not understand issues, but they can detect incompetence and dishonesty." Taken from my blog article Child Abuse Coffee Chocolate and Cotton
I am not convinced that voters CAN detect incompetence and dishonesty. If they are capable of doing so, how does one explain the election of George W Bush in 2004? Or the success of Newt Gingrich in the recent South Carolina primary? Or the triumvirate of convicted Democratic IL governors Rod Blagojevich, Otto Kerner, Jr., and Dan Walker? (George Ryan was convicted, too, but he was an IL Republican governor.)
Voters are NOT well-informed and as advertising is increasingly misleading and single-issue oriented, voters will have less and less of a sense of any candidate's actual qualifications for office. They will simply follow the fad – whichever candidate is getting the most coverage for the most outrageous or most controversial proposals will be the name on voters' tongues.
The United States has not succeeded in eradicating slavery within its own borders, so it is very hard to foresee how it could eradicate slavery in other countries. Economic pressure through appropriate legislation,import restrictions, etc. is likely to be most successful, but it requires buy-in from the citizenry, and the free-trade capitalist elements in the US strongly reject restraints that might stop practices like child slavery in Africa. The market, after all, will find the right solution, they say.
Consumers need to be smart, ethical decision makers, whehter in the grocery store or the voting booth. We have a LONG way to go before we get there.
Don't forget that the great god obama got voted in also. Proves American votors are dumb as dirt.
There's this story last night on CNN A Czech artist made an ialtnslation that is on exhibit at the EU office, as tribute to Czech Republic's EU presidency. It roused negative reactions because the artwork showed stereotypes of the EU member nations:Italy was shown as a football nation.Romania was represented by Dracula.Bulgaria was represented by squat toilets.France was represented by a banner with the word Greve! written on it, symbolizing the labor unions.For Poland, a priest was raising the Rainbow Flag.Denmark was made of LegoAnd the funniest was UK. It had an empty space for UK, depicting the country's aloofness from the mainland Europe.Hahaha.
I was too busy eating a couple Lindt bars to read this. Oh, BTW, they were dam*n yummy.
a large portion of the best chocolate the world consumes comes from cocoa from other countries like Brazil and Venezuela where those child labor practices are not in play. However CNN failed to make this point.
It keeps them off the streets.........
there are even more ethical problems in the US gift/chocolate strawberries industry. A group of CA companies is being sued (2 separate cases) for tricking customers into signing up for a monthly billing of about $15. Liberty Medias companies (ProFlowers, Shari's Berries, Cherry Moon Farms...) were behind the "Easy Saver Scam" and have been advertising "Chocolate covered strawberries" when they are not using real chocolate to dip the strawberries in.. Something has been keeping the press from really ripping into them, I'm not sure if it's their ties to past owner of Proflowers or ties to DirecTV management.. but any company that has pulled as many stunts as they do would normally be in the sites of prosecutors and major consumer protection agencies and they are getting a free pass.
What discovery? The problem of child labour has been known for yeeears! Also the slavery of children in the cocoa industry! Only nothing has changed so far.
Child labour is evil but the measures for ending it should be wholistic. It goes beyond forcing the cocoa industry; we must attempt to address the government of Bourkina Faso, Togo and Mali where those children are coming from. Level of poverty in those countries should be addressed and educational policies need be reviewed to favour the poor; farmers in Ivory Coast need be supported while cocoa pricing mechanism is looked into.
I am really sorry about all of this, but I can't change it. Those who say one person can change it are lying to themselves. Our way of life is not the way of life for all. Sad to say, but the world is not the same across the globe. So, I will continue to eat my chocolate, buy my diamonds, if I choose, wear my furs. Honestly, I will not change the way I live because today, we find that slaves harvest sugar or chocolate, or slaves mine diamonds, etc. I'm going to live my life and hope that the countries that do these things can make change within.
SD72, yeah do what you want, join many other's in the developed "first world" to suddenly become powerless when challenged to exert their reall power — at least you could have the decency to say you would choose certified products! The countries these things happen in, are partners of the international community (yes the United States of Americans) conspiracy that greatly influence such things (IMF, World Bank, Multi-national Corporations).
What about the ethics of illegal drug users? The illegal drug business kills tens of thousands every year now and corrupts wherever it exists. Yet there is little if any outrage about how illegal drugs are produced, transported and marketed.
I'm pretty certain there is Keith, in fact the US and other developed countries have been trying to militarily intervene in countries that produce drugs for the past few decades, though admittedly it hasn't worked very well.
The difference with this is chocolate is mass-consumed on a far grander scale, and the abuses that are committed in its production are indirectly supported by the public as a result.
I'm sure that in the years leading up to the American Civil War, half of the US believed they would lose their quality of life and the economy would collapse if slavery was abolished... that didn't happen, so why not try and stop child slave labour in the cocoa fields? The worse that happens is you pay a few pennies more for your chocolate bar.
I do not recall even a singe article about the ethics of drug production. Drugs are used by fewer people, but that means that each is even more responsible for the tens of thousands dead in the psst year.
Seriously, if we had more of a say of illegal drug cartels at all, it would be a good start. I don't think anyone who cares about a better world encourages illegal drugs in the first place. All of it needs to be uprooted from farms to traffickers to users. It is so massive an issue that attacking it on any side is dangerous and we are already pretty aware of its horrors. I am appreciative that this chocolate issue was brought to the general attention because most people were fairly oblivious.
The governments have to take action to drive those kids to school. Government and society in the countries where child slavery is practiced have to realize that this is the best they can do for the future of their countries. A social program providing money to poor cocoa farms, making it more lucrative to send the kids to school than to count on them at work, would certainly help.
Quite true but it's a long road there. Most nations are not as blessed as the states to have free education or even to think that children should be required to learn. Many countries are struggling for economic survival. True, this would be the ideal situation but it takes some measures to get to that point.
In America, a 12 year old isn't allowed to work unless it's for a relative.
I spent many summer mornings picking berries, then spending the afternoons spending the money. Today, I'd have probably just sat at home playing video games and eating. I wonder why childhood obesity is such a problem?
The Chinese will not try to stop the little black children from helping their families. China invest in Africa, however the Europeans and Americans go there and rape them of wealth and jobs. Now they are trying to boycott the African country commodity goods, yet aren't bringing any jobs to the poor country.
LEAVE AFRICA ALONE!!!!
Remember conflict diamonds??
What the 'hay' are you talking about? I bet your Chinese judging from the syntax of your sentence.
Considering all the copyrights and patents violations china commits its a little moot to argue in favor of so-called chinese investments in Africa when the chinese are investing in those so-called blood diamonds on the cheap and forced labor imposed by the chinese government. And YES I know chinese should be capitalized.
...rails against chocolate picked by child slaves....using iPhone built by child slaves.
I didn't have a single thing in life to be concerned about until I read about slavery-free chocolate. Now I doubt if I will be able to sleep at night. I will probably become addicted to Xanax, forget I took some and drink too many beers, and end up in the morgue. My family will have to sell our opulent Orange County home, my kids will end up on food stamps, and my wife will become an alcoholic. Just because I like Milky Ways. Man, it's a slippery slope.
i am wondering about the "so called cnn freedom project " talking only about other locations around the world where child slavery happens ...
why dont you talk to us a bit .. about labor slavery in the united states and most of the capitalist western world ..
where people only live to pay mortages and get evited for failing to comply with the system after n years ...
also your police stupids ... tazering people for ridiculous reasons ..
guess what ... brainwashing doesnt work against us... talk to us about the real slavery you commited against black slaves .... wanna end slavery ??? why dont stop creating sedition in the muslim world and causing civil wars killing women and children ... ..
and yo .. did you know that all the interest you live to pay in the united states ...that goes to military weapons to strenghten their terrorism economics so that anglos can live .... and their language prosper
There was no coverage of China pressuring NY officials to not allow Falun Gong to participate (as they have in previous years) in the Chinese New Year parade in NYC. NY officials caved-in to their MASTER. Bow, US citizens, to your MASTER, the Chinese government!
Hmm, interesting. You do understand that the NYC government has nothing to do with the organization of the parades right. Just issuing a permit. The parades are usually organized by community groups. NYC is not China, government does not involve itself in every aspect of its citizens lives.
This is such a meaningless story. Everyone thinks that white American's and European's are the big evil slavers. The fact is that the West has not had slavery in at least 100 years. If you look at Africa, the Middle East, Asia, they are all slave central, even today! And let's not forget India with it's indentured labor and slavery by any other name in their not too hidden and perverse caste system. Then how about North Korea? The entire nation of North Korea are as close to being insane as a whole people can be. All enslaved by a handful of psycho narcissists in their capital.
A world of slavery pretending to be moral. What a joke.
Wow... and a person here in the US was just recently convicted of keeping a woman in slavery. The person convicted had promised the woman a job, but when she got here, the person confiscated her passport and subjected her to the cruelest of conditions including inadequate food, shelter, & clothing; 100+ hours of work weekly; no wages; no contact with others; beatings; and so forth. This went on for YEARS before the slave escaped. The saddest part of the case to me was that it was not exceptional – the court, on the record, mentioned the increasing number of these tragic cases. Slavery – here in the U.S. Pretty darn scary if you ask me.
Who is not a slave in this life. We are all slave but some have more privileges than others.
Which is precisely why we should strive to help each other.
Agree with this
As an African, I would like the reporters on the chocolate child labour stories to limit there terminology to 'Child Labour' . Your Slavery terminologies have very negative connotations and you mischievously use them to make Africa and Africans look un-evolved. The issue at hand is Child Labour. Keep it to that.
As an African, I would like the reporters on the chocolate child labour stories to limit there terminology to 'Child Labour' . Your Slavery terminologies have very negative connotations and you mischievously use them to make Africa and Africans look un-evolved. The issue at hand is Child Labour which is a global issue. Keep it to that.
I grow weary of arguments that imply, "If we can't fix everything about everything, then we shouldn't bother fixing anything about anything." What about this issue? What about that issue? What about this inconsistency? What about that inconsistency? It is all just a lame excuse to sit on your butt and do nothing at all. Pick your causes and choose your battles and then struggle valiantly untill you succeed. If you don't feel passionate about children tortured so we can have chocolate, then find something you do feel passionate about and work for that. But do not denigrate others who make other choices.
Nicely put. Thank you.
I think this is wrong and all for a bar of chocolate! Kids in th United States have to do chores but sometimes they don't allowance. These kids have to do real work for no money at all. Most of them don't even no what they're making is for or even have tasted chocotate. In the United States most kids go to the store and buy a chocolate bar but these kids don't have that right or money.
Excellent sentiments! I hope you act on them!
(Perhaps our realizing this will do us a favor as well and steer Americans away from this obesity epidemic as we are more careful about what we eat...just a thought.)
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the best chocolate its make in Mexico!
The best way to combat all this "slavery" is to start getting these American companies (and interests) back in AMERICA. Put Americans back to work.
I would think that ethical people would be more willing to deal with labor unions and U.S, regulations than they would be willing to deal with the problems of third-world countries.
WE need to start rebuilding our country here at home.
Strange how CNN always manages to miss out on the stories involving Eastern european minors being traffiiked into Israel for White slavery. Can we do a survey in Tel-aviv? How much more would they be willing to pay to ensure that Israel stops enslaving girls from Eastern Europe?
I just read this article and maybe everyone else who thinks the way I previous did should read it too. Here is a piece from it and a link to the whole article.
RETHINKING CHILD LABOUR: Abolishing child labour leads to slavery
Before we speak or take any action, we should consider the severe ramifications of abolishing a source of both income and labour that is not only prevalent, but has been part of the third world culture since time immemorial. Does anyone realize the importance of differentiating between “child slavery” and “child labour?” That the former is, in the majority of cases, a probable result of no access to the latter?
Yes, children are precious and we must protect them. But we must be extremely careful how we do this in third world countries where children are commodities used to feed those who can no longer feed themselves, and the only way to truly protect them is to ensure that the rest of the family is cared for too. Abolishing child labour will lead to them being trafficked—that is a fact.
So when are they bringing in Fair Trade iPhones? Lol...
"Manufactured by small children in a safe environment".
my army buddy from the ivory coast just said those kids are happy to provide for their family. i grew up in maryland working on a farm as a minor to pay for school clothes and whatnots. my friend said most of the farms are family run and, for example, a nephew is happy to be afforded the opportunity to work. i don't know all the details on this story but child labor does not always mean slavery.
In developing economies, children often work to help contribute to the family, and they don't feel exploited until someone from outside tells them they're a victim. They also contribute to the growth of their local economies, and eventually they can choose to forego the labor of the children to allow them to go to school for some number of years in hopes that they'll contribute even more after the education.
It was only 2-3 generations ago that many men in the US only got to the 4th or 6th grade before going to work.
Americans love chocolate and eat about 11 pounds of it per person each year but what if they knew it might be made with child slave labor? Would they be willing to pay more to make sure that their chocolate is slave-free?...
How about one way regurgitation? But it make people feel somewhat a little better eh?
Ethical chocolate, so CNN attacks another American and Swiss Companies over child slavery in Africa and that’s OK. I hope Hershey and the Swiss companies lay off more employees so we can then blame somebody in HERSHY or in one of the Swiss companies for those layoffs and not the I hate the West / America crowd at CNN. It’s not because the farmers and the governments of these countries are letting it happen, it’s because HERSHEYand the Swiss make chocolate bars! I think I will go out today and buy me a HERSHEY bar and 5 more for 5 of my friends and we can enjoy the fruits of these so called child slaves labor in Africa. Let’s see now that would be the same Africa where their own people are doing this to them! So we can go madly screaming at Hershey about child slaves, so we can feel good about ourselves and not the people really responsible for this, the Africans themselves. Slavery started thousands of years ago in Africa and the Africans themselves have been profiting from it all that time, but we only want to attach HERSHEY and the Swiss. No thanks, I will support Hershey , the Swiss and America on this one.
PS- how about ' forty acres and a mule' , hope they chuck that in as well...come on people lets stop being hypocrites!
Fighting for ethical chocolate? I wholeheartedly agree. Let's do the same for ethical oil. I am glad our Dear Leader has blocked unethical oil from Canada. That will really improve the lives of those poor oppressed and starving people there.
Our so called “Dear Leader” couldn’t find his rear from a hole in the ground, with 16 fellow Dimwitocrats showing him where it was at!
What Kind of country is argentina? They are not good people. How their government cannot control his people and respect other country. How they doesn't protect those filipino's who were hurt in the riot in a boxing match between casimero and lazarte. Those people in argentina never be respected and must be in jail.. I wish World boxing Association must take an action for this. They should van all argentina men to box again. they are donot have the sportsmanship spirit within them. That's why boxers in the world do not fight Argentinian Boxer again..... this could also happen to you... The Filipino boxers who's been box by the people of Argentina.
Maybe. They could make me some Brownies?
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Chocolate. It's something we all enjoy. But it's made by the blood sweat of children who never studied. They'll be slaves forever! We have a duty to be more aware of how our chocolate is made. That's a good way to start awareness for the children East Africa. Hershey and Ferraro promised to help children, but I don't know about Korean companies...
thts wat happen wen ppl turned into selfish "not human" bt any thing els,,these arguments r meaningless, plz set up ur d preurities rite way,,
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