The Dark Side of Chocolate

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A team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interview both proponents and opponents of these alleged practices, and use hidden camera techniques to delve into the gritty world of cocoa plantations. Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labour and trafficked children? The award winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati decides to investigate the rumours. His hunt for answers brings him to Mali in West Africa, where hidden footage reveals illegal trafficking of small children to the cocoa fields in neighbouring Ivory Cosat. Kids as young as seven years old work illegal in the plantations where they face a dangerous job cutting down the cocoa and carrying heavy loads. Some are victimes of trafficking and most of the kids are never paid. The West African country of Ivory Coast is the world's largest producer of cocoa with more than 40 percent of the world's production. Companies like Nestle, Barry Callebaut and Mars signed the Cocoa Protocol in 2001 promising to work for a total eradication of child labour in the cocoa sector by 2008. Does your favorite chocolate have a bitter taste? Follow Miki Mistrati into the bush of Africa to expose; The Dark Side Of Chocolate.

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  • Guest

    Cocoa also comes from South America. Is there child labour there? If not, are there companies that ONLY buy from South America? Who are they? We can buy our chocolate from them and boycott the others.

  • Deadmanswill

    if the companies shrug off responsibility, it is up to us - chocolate eaters - to do something about it. I am getting off chocolate - haven't been eating for a few months - but this gives me a stronger resolve. Not only chocolate, we must refuse all cocoa based products. That should get the companies and plantation owners thinking and running to cover their losses by stopping child labor.

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