In "Chocolate's Child Slaves," CNN's David McKenzie travels into the heart of the Ivory Coast to investigate what's happening to children working in the cocoa fields. (More information and air times on CNN International.)
It's easy to say that human trafficking is a violation against basic human rights and that it should be abolished. And we often assume that modern-day slavery only takes place in countries far away.
But chances are, you have purchased, eaten, or have worn something tainted by slavery sometime in your life. Curious about what some of those connections might be? Calculate what some groups call your "slavery footprint" or check out Anti-Slavery International's interactive map of products, which includes something many of us love: chocolate.
Ten years ago, the world's biggest chocolate companies promised to get rid of child trafficking in the cocoa industry in West Africa, who produces much of the world's cocoa. But aid groups claim little has been done to end the worst forms of child abuse. (Check out more about the issue)
So, how can you prepare yourself as a consumer before you bite into that chocolate bar or sip some hot cocoa? Here are a few ways.
Organizations like the 10 Campaign offer some ideas for taking action, such as signing an online petition against trafficked-linked chocolate, sending a 10th birthday card to the Cocoa Protocol or writing a letter to you local member of Parliament, senator, representative or other government official.
If you're the type of consumer who likes to vote with your wallet, you can download the Fair Trade Finder app, here. The app for iPhone and Android shows you where to find your favorite Fair Trade Certified products.
Looking for more ways to help fight modern-day slavery? Check out the CNN Freedom Project's How to Help section