Did slaves make your chocolate?
January 18th, 2012
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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. (Premieres Friday January 20, 8 p.m. GMT, 9 CET 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.

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  1. dami

    So how yes they make our cocolate because if they did not brake the chocolate we whould not have anything for us to eat chocolate.:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    January 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  2. Seattle

    Human slavery exists in every country in the world including our country, United States. CNN should focus on human slavery in United States not only overseas. Also, the reporters should stop implying that human slavery is not big deal.

    January 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Reality Check

      This is a food blog, therefore the article is going to be centered around food. If you want to complain about what gets posted here, at least understand what being here means.

      January 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  3. Dona

    I wish more information was provided on which companies are contributing to this heinous atrocity so that one can personally boycott, write letters to the companies, and advise or educate others to do the same.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  4. Amswe

    The problem not only needs to be stopped, but we have to think about the children that are being used. You can't just kick them off the farms where they at least get food and send them to the streets. They need to be taken in and helped with education and life issues. So far no one has offered a good solution and that needs to be worked on fully, so the ball is not dropped.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  5. chocolate slavery

    Here's in depth information regarding chocolate slavery and why fair trade chocolate is a simplistic and incomplete solution to the crisis.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20101120203551/http://chocolatework.com/chocolate-slavery.htm

    January 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  6. Jon Dough

    All sorts of stuff that our corporations IMPORT to sell to us at massive profits for themselves (at the expense of American workers) is made by slaves of one form or another. It is the exploitation that yields the big profits. Of course, most consumers could care less as long as it is at a discount!

    January 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  7. Gardener not Slaver

    So I took the survey and it needs A LOT of work. The fact that it can't figure out exactly where you are is one issue, another is there is no way for it to take in to account if you use Farmers Markets or pick your own. It also assumes that by precious stones you are referring to natural ones, and not lab made. I think it's great they are trying to make people more aware of existing slavery, but there needs to be a way for the survey to take into account things you are doing to lessen your footprint.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
  8. Ron

    You got your chocolate slave in my peanut butter!

    January 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  9. MOSES

    LET MY PEOPLE GO!!

    January 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  10. Truth™

    This is just unbelievably sad. Humans as a race have come up with a myraid number of ways to hurt and exploit each other.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
  11. fuji

    Man that is jacked up.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply

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