frandroid: camilo cienfuegos in a broad-rimmed hat (camilo)
[personal profile] frandroid

File size 1.3MB Adobe Acrobat PDF document format
This Easter, the chocolate industry cannot guarantee our chocolate is Traffik Free.

Nearly half the world's chocolate is made from cocoa grown in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.

The 2000 US State Department Human Rights report said "It is estimated that some 15,000 Malian children work on Ivorian cocoa and coffee plantations. Many are under 12 years-of-age, sold into indentured servitude for $140, and work 12-hour days for $135 to $189 per year."

They are trafficked into forced labour so we can eat chocolate.

"I will tell you how I lost my arm. I tried to escape, but I could not. They caught me and tied me to a papaya tree and they beat me and broke my arm. From here my life was ruined."
Anonymous. Personal Interview, Côte d'Ivoire. Dec. 2005. ILRF (International Labour Rights Fund)

A young boy called Victor trafficked from Mali said:
"Tell your children that they have bought something that I suffered to make. When they are eating chocolate they are eating my flesh."

We have the power to help Victor and the thousands of children like him.

Change your buying habits. By eating Fairtrade chocolate we can guarantee that no trafficked labour has been used in its production. Use the STOP THE TRAFFIK Good Chocolate Guide
to find out which chocolate is Traffik Free.

What do we want the chocolate companies to do? Give us a Traffik Free Guarantee on all their chocolate.

STOP THE TRAFFIK, is a global coalition of organisations working together to fight against people trafficking.


Please send all queries and responses to

[With thanks to [ profile] msnoemi]

In Toronto a new shop has opened, which sells "horizontally traded" chocolate, which they say is even better than Fair Trade. You can also drink a cup of hot chocolate on location, it's delish. ChocoSol is located in the basement of that old church at 720 Bathurst and Lennox, where they share space with that Sprouts store.

ETA: Indian in 30-year 'bonded labour' for 40kg of rice

Date: 2007-03-28 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Since this came up in conversation elsewhere, I will excerpt from a US Department of State report on the conditions of child labour in the Cote d'Ivoire cocoa industry. This is a more recent report from 2006.

"The controversy over child labor in the local cocoa sector continued, and the government, the ILO, the Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association continued to document the problem and search for ways to handle the issue. A 2002 survey conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture revealed that most children in the cocoa sector worked on the family's farm (approximately 70 percent) or beside their parents. Of the 625,000 working children, 96.7 percent had a kinship relation to the farmer. Others, most frequently the children of extended family members or persons well known to them, cited their or their family's agreement to leave their respective countries to work on farms in the country to earn money or to pursue a better life.

The research suggested that perhaps 5,000 to 10,000 children were trafficked to or within the country to work full- or part time in the cocoa sector. It also showed an estimated 5,100 children employed as full-time permanent workers, approximately 3,000 of whom were from Burkina Faso. The survey found another 12,000 children working part-time on cocoa farms who had no family ties with the farmer. The research showed that approximately 109,000 child laborers worked in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in the country in what the study described as the worst forms of child labor. The studies estimated that 59 percent were from Burkina Faso, 24 percent were citizens, and the others were from Mali or other countries to the north. Compared with previous years, there were significantly fewer reports of children from neighboring countries being imported for fieldwork on plantations under abusive conditions."

Date: 2007-03-28 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Also, as someone pointed out in the other discussion, it's not actually clear that buying fair-trade chocolate will decrease the incidence of forced labour in the short-term, unless some huge majority of people who bought chocolate all switched at once.

But I haven't really internalised that argument, so maybe you can poke some holes for me. It goes like this:

Some people switch to the FT market. This takes money away from the non-FT market, which is now put under pressure. Most of the non-FT market (in this case) appears to be non-forced-labour family farms. The obvious response from a pressured market is to drop the prices -- this means the non-FT providers have to cut costs in order to maintain their profit/standard of living. Slave labour is cheaper than paid labour, and is therefore one way to cut costs.

What follows from this argument is that eliminating forced labour directly is the best way to end forced labour (duh), while it's not so clear that market forces actually achieve the effects that the PR you posted above claim. At least not in the short term. There are also benefits to increasing the FT market which in theory encourage those same farmers to negotiate through the FT market -- but just how easy is that to do, for most cocoa farmers? I am guessing not so easy.

Date: 2007-03-28 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

And now I feel comfortable saying:

God, this emotional propoganda garbage is so fucking annoying.

Date: 2007-03-28 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's true, damn the market. I advocate an overthrow of capitalism.

Sorry if I can only give a flippant response, I'm trying not to procrastinate right now. (Maybe later?) But still, I find 5,000-10,000 children being trafficked quite a big number enough to worry about the situation. This isn't "just" child labour, this is worse.

Date: 2007-03-28 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't mean to make light of these poor little waifs forced to slave for the capitalist easter bunny overlord, but jesus, can't we have anything with out some f*cking super Donald Trump asshole turning the production of it into a sweatshop?

Poor kids. F*ck you, Sam Watson.

Date: 2007-03-28 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We used to call them labour laws and standards.

Date: 2007-03-28 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been showing modern day slavery documentaries around the community
you can watch them here:


frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)

July 2017

1617 181920 2122
2324252627 2829

Most Popular Tags

Active Entries

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 25th, 2017 02:26 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios