• 17Mar
    Categories: Journal entries Comments Off on Buying Easter Eggs? You should read this first!

    chocolate.jpgOne form of trafficking is the use of children to harvest the cocoa beans on farms in Cote D’Ivoire. These children are likely to be working to make your chocolate. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when I was told this. Nearly half the world’s chocolate is made from cocoa grown in the Cote D’Ivoire, in Africa. 12,000 children have been trafficked into cocoa farms in Cote D’Ivoire. When we buy chocolate we are being forced to be oppressors ourselves as we have no guarantee that the chocolate we eat is ‘traffik free’.

    STOP THE TRAFFIK is calling for people everywhere of all ages to force the chocolate companies to give a guarantee that their chocolate is Traffik Free. Will they commit to print a ‘Traffik Free Guarantee’ on chocolate bars so we can choose to buy chocolate that is not made through trafficked labour. By March 25th ‘Freedom Day’ we want the cocoa industry to have heard loud and clear from people everywhere that it is our right to eat ‘Traffik Free Guarantee’ chocolate.

    You can choose to only eat chocolate that is guaranteed to be ‘Traffik Free’ which includes Divine and Green & Black’s Maya Gold — a full guide is available on the Stop The Traffik website.

    The only way chocolate companies will take action is if they see their branded chocolate sales drop. The only way that we can stop the trafficking of children in the production of our chocolate bars is to change which ones we eat.

    On 25th March we celebrate 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade and yet people are still being sold into slavery and it is one of the world’s fastest growing crime industries. There is lots we can do and if any of this has astonished and disgusted you enough to help, go to http://www.stopthetraffik.org for lots more information. Thank you for listening to my rant!

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