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Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves

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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 10:02 AM
In our modern existence many of us see slavery in terms of "economic slavery" and while that slavery is abhorrent, the fact is that there still exists actual, physical slavery. Children and adults alike are subjected to unspeakable horrors, while a blind eye is turned by those making bank on the fact that much of the "modern world" is blind to that which goes on before their precious (cheap) chocolate [or insert product here] comes to them.

Your candy bar was made by child slaves

I honestly don't have a lot to add to this. I used the search engine and found no thread linking this article so I merely posted it so others could possibly expand this thread a bit and a bit of discussion could come of it.

It really speaks for itself....

The boys’ stories are sickeningly graphic. Before beatings, the boys say they were stripped naked and tied up. They were then pummeled with a variety of weapons, from fists and feet to belts and whips. In the film, some of the boys get up and imitate the beatings. Others stand to reveal hundreds of scars lining their backs and torsos—some still bloody and scabbed. They get quiet when the filmmakers ask whether any are beaten today and say some are simply “taken away.” Asked what he’d say to the billions who eat chocolate worldwide (most of the boys have never tried it), one boy replies: “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.” Toward the end of the segment, the filmmakers meet with one of the “slave masters,” who admits he purchased the young boys and that some of his men routinely beat them. His reasoning: He is paid a low price for the cocoa and thus needs to harvest as much of it as he possibly can.

And the chocolate industry was "shocked".....that was 2000.
....seems it's taking a long time for that "shock" to turn into any meaningful action. I wonder why that is? (not really, sadly, I know the answer already)

Anyways....there it is, for your possible edification.
...and remember to vote NO to child slavery --with your wallet!
edit on 10-10-2015 by Jakal26 because: fixing link that broke for some odd reason

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 10:12 AM
Wow...your thread sheds some light on a long time mystery for me. S&F

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 10:57 AM
a reply to: SgtHamsandwich

Well, the photo is an obvious photoshop. No company in their right mind would add such a label, but there is some truth to the photoshopped image, really.

Truth is, most of our food "contains traces of human flesh", unless the entire process is mechanized (which is usually isn't)...but that's a bit of inconvenient truth that most don't want to think about.

However, that really isn't the topic here, as "human flesh" could be in/on our food even if there was no slavery involved in the process.

The topic here is slavery, especially child slavery and the fact that many chocolate makers are obviously turning a blind eye in regards to how they get their supplies. It's obvious they are complicit because 15 years later, here we are.

I would say it's about raising awareness so people can chose to vote with their wallets and can possibly enact policy changes within the chocolate industry by doing that....but in reality, all this slavery is a world away from many. Far too comfortable to care....far too comfortable to upset their minds' with things that might as well be happening on another planet (in their eyes)...


posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 11:00 AM
a reply to: Jakal26

Your link returns a result of :


I would very much like to read the account of the situation you have outlined the gist of in your OP though, so if you could apply a fix to that, I would appreciate it.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 11:04 AM
a reply to: TrueBrit

Try it now. was working when I posted it. Double checked it myself.

Anyways, think I got it this time.
...and thanks for the heads up.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:32 PM
I guess people want to turn a blind eye to this thread, such a lack of responses. "I'll dis GMO but don't EVEN discuss my chocolate". S&F for bringing this issue to light. The article was heartbreaking in it's description of children as young as 6 working from dawn to dusk and then housed in a shed with a tin cup to urinate in. Exposing the fact as well that the US government once again lets big business self govern....what a joke.

I myself love chocolate but will be boycotting all those companies, not just chocolate candy makers: Hersheys, Mars and Nestle. It will actually be tough but I vow to follow through until this slavery has been eradicated. Which means, I'll probably never purchase those companies products for the rest of my life. Since West Africa produces

"two-thirds of the world’s cacao beans (cocoa), the main ingredient in chocolate—a product that’s fueled a $90 billion industry."
I may search for companies that get their cocoa from other responsible sources, depends on how much chocolate withdrawal pangs I suffer.

We have been informed for years that child slavery is an epidemic, especially in 3rd world countries, I try to be a responsible consumer. The reason I am even more up in arms about the chocolate industry is because chocolate is NOT a necessity. Not that items of necessity are justification for child slavery, it's just an even larger abomination. I'll never look at chocolate the same again.

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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:59 PM
a reply to: StoutBroux

We as a country need to stop this. No importing of their chocolate products; no tax breaks for those corps who utilize children to produce a chocolate bar. No tax breaks for ANY other parental or relative corp co monly owned i any way.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 01:44 PM
a reply to: StoutBroux

I suppose some do want to turn a blind eye to this issue. Others? Well, it's refreshing to see that some actually took the time to read what was linked in the OP. (It was rather long, and in today's attention deficit world...well, you know)

I myself love chocolate but will be boycotting all those companies, not just chocolate candy makers: Hersheys, Mars and Nestle. It will actually be tough but I vow to follow through until this slavery has been eradicated.

And that is what it will take.
...actually, your post has inspired me to do a bit of research into what it is that I may be consuming or otherwise purchasing that is made by companies who are complicit with slavery any place, around the world.
I assume this will definitely be a hard vow to follow through on as these mega corps often seem to own a TON of other companies outside making chocolate etc etc...but like I said, I will try....this thread will stand to me as a reminder, as will your reply that has inspired me to further research some things for myself as well. (Thanks for that, btw)

I may search for companies that get their cocoa from other responsible sources, depends on how much chocolate withdrawal pangs I suffer.

"May" will not be an option for me, personally. When it comes to chocolate withdrawals, they will come, so I know I will submit to them. My love of fine dark chocolates knows no bounds. But I will do what I must to check and double check where that chocolate comes from.

We have been informed for years that child slavery is an epidemic, especially in 3rd world countries

And yet, as you alluded to, there is little response when the topic is brought up.

You know, I was riding down the road about an hour and a half ago, thinking of the article in the OP (I had yet to see your reply here) and I was wondering about the lack of response. Attempting to tell myself that it is due to the fact that it is Saturday and the response here is usually slower (and lesser) on weekends. And often times, that is the case here, for the most part. Being a regular here has taught me that.

But it has often seemed to me that whenever this issue is brought up [slavery, especially child slavery, in "3rd world" countries...especially Africa - it seems] there is largely silence, minus the [often] more militant types that thrive on emotions and are ready to "knee jerk" at anything like this, especially involving children. You know the type, perhaps.

So, I'm thinking about this and I am, at the same time, wondering....why is it that the "civilized" (often a laughable way to define it, but I digress) world allows such atrocious things to continue. Not just to continue...but they drive it! Why is that?

And then I find myself thinking.....what if? What if, the scores of uneducated, impoverished, often oppressed peoples' in a land like, say Africa....were for just a few generations, educated....given freedom to produce and to do the thing we here in the west often take for granted so easily....what if?

...and then, the crux.
I realize that there is an agenda afoot...and has been for MANY a generation. Perhaps we even know this deep down, subconsciously even...that IF those people were given a chance to live in the manner that so many live, if they consumed on par with many in the "1st world"......and then I know that we are doomed (a bit cynical perhaps, but that is how I often feel) because my mind takes me places....I sometimes know why so many remain silent, and that truth is one so ugly that the many will NEVER face up to it.....

....and then I feel like quoting Nicholson in "A Few Good Men". Because that is the truth. The comfortable will NEVER handle the truth....that their lives are lived on the backs of those they degrade in their minds' to less than human...hell, they don't even do that, they simply pretend it doesn't exist...."here no evil, see no evil, IS no evil"....

..and then I hope that isn't the ugly truth, so that my mind doesn't lead to darker places than that.

*and then I step away from this for a minute, before I become further jaded by the truth that stares me dead in the eyes as I write this.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 01:49 PM
People have been against the corporate sociopathic overlords forever, but apparently we all just want to steal from the rich who "honestly" and "rightly" deserve to own this planet and do with it what they will.
edit on 10/10/2015 by Puppylove because: Grammar and Spelling

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 01:50 PM
a reply to: NewzNose

We as a country need to stop this.

It is up to those of us who know to expose others who might not to this knowledge. A single country will not stop this.

No importing of their chocolate products; no tax breaks for those corps who utilize children to produce a chocolate bar. No tax breaks for ANY other parental or relative corp co monly owned i any way.

All sounds good.
I would, however go further.

Those who are complicit in such things are criminals against humanity and deserve the treatment afforded them by their actions. Those fully aware should be executed. (but I understand that position is controversial and others who may yet be interested in stopping it might not be that on board....but I would doubt many would be opposed to locking them up for life, no?)

...still, that would not be enough. The powerful are excellent at covering up their crimes, especially when operating in places few would ever care to visit or learn about.

...we, as a race, are so lost.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 02:26 PM
Here's a good documentary about it. The first time I showed my Mom this documentary, she wanted to jump through the screen & hit one of the human traffickers in it (he's interviewed in it).

To summarize, a lot of this starts with smuggling poor people from Burkina Faso into these countries. Then those people are sold for a pittance to work on those farms. To them, having a "job" in the industry is better than being impoverished back in their poor villages. The buyers say they're basically just temporary guardians for the "workers" & that they send money back to the workers' families. (It's kind of like the Ethiopian migrants who go to the Mideast to work in that crappy Kafala system & the Hispanic immigrants who come to work in America's farm industry for crap wages.)

Either way, I absolutely hate this practice regardless of their weak rationalizations! This is one of the main things I speak out against in real life. And it's one of the main reasons I'm supportive of workers' rights, sex workers' rights & helping immigrants. And if you think this is bad, you should look into the modern day slavery in Mauritania & Pakistan. In Pakistan, many brickmakers & salt "miners" are modern day slaves living on small plantations. They are taught virtually nothing about the world except how to do their jobs for their "employers/guardians" (India does nearly the same with the "Dalits" & the crappy jobs their society allocates to Dalits).

If only I had more money & power. I'd absolutely crush these human trafficking networks, their backers, and the shadow brokers who keep them in place.

EDIT: Also, this is one reason we must fight the globalization practice. It literally functions by getting countries to focus on specific industries, as if the countries were individual companies. That may sound good in practice, since it encourages efficiency in each industry. As in, why should every country grow its own corn when their unique conditions could be more efficient doing something else? Unfortunately, in reality it creates many situations like this OP.

After all, there's no point in paying a brick maker $10-$15 an hour in America when they can pay a city of virtual slaves pennies for the same bricks. The same for manufacturing clothing, like in Bangladesh w/their 31 cents an hour wages.

Plus the major international organizations and trade groups make deals with the leaders of these poor countries that ensure this crap continues. Programs like "Aid for Trade" and the IMF & World Bank's loans/grants literally require those countries keep wages & benefits low. Some times, the country's leadership are corrupt so they take bribes to agree with the scheme. But other times, the leaders receive threats of sanctions or worse if they don't comply. And the same powerbrokers backing those trade initiatives also secretly back local gangs & paramilitaries, which crush any attempts at labor unions or other initiatives to increase the living conditions of these workers.
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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 03:02 PM

originally posted by: Jakal26
a reply to: StoutBroux

I suppose some do want to turn a blind eye to this issue. Others? Well, it's refreshing to see that some actually took the time to read what was linked in the OP. (It was rather long, and in today's attention deficit world...well, you know)


So, I'm thinking about this and I am, at the same time, wondering....why is it that the "civilized" (often a laughable way to define it, but I digress) world allows such atrocious things to continue. Not just to continue...but they drive it! Why is that?

Your whole reply was beautiful and well thought out. But specifically all of our hands are bloody so to speak, no one wants to acknowledge they personally have any part in it, are guilty through and through, every .single .one .of .us! At the same time, we can sleep easy in our beds knowing that those nasty companies responsible for this evil behavior are making amends as they should by supposedly regulating on their end and sending their millions. While deep in our hearts we know it's all smoke and mirrors and the problems aren't solved as promised.

Also part of the problem is the lack of accountability and our shallowness as a people. As well, being a US citizen, for me anyway, sometimes it seems like we are responsible for the whole world's problems since we ARE a great part of the cause of sorrow throughout the world. We have the ability to affect a great amount of positive change throughout the world but it seems all we do is screw things up and then throw money at issues which go to the countries leaders who have no intention of helping their people.

I don't condone a lot of things that go on in the world but this thing, I can do my part. It wont be influential in and of it's self, but I know I am not contributing to this one evil in any way. I buy second hand almost exclusively, I grow, hunt and trade as much as possible but I know I am still a part of the problem. We all make choices.

I used to be mildly humored at the cliché "children are our future"......when I was younger. As I've gotten older, the wisdom of those words ring so true and I can truly see the depth of their meaning. But it's children all over, every single one of them, that are our future and I guess that's why this and other threads about the welfare of children strike a deep chord within me. It's our responsibility to help ensure that every child wherever they may be has the opportunity to be the best they can be. That means education, opportunity, a safe environment and love.

I know I ramble and repeat myself, I'm a terrible writer but these words come from my heart. My brain just has a hard time assimilating them in a constructive and literate manner.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 03:28 PM
a reply to: enlightenedservant

We are ALL slaves to someone or somebodies. The difference is, we pretend those lower station slaves either do not exist or somehow deserve their fate. It is stories such as this that peel off the scab of delusion and expose truth.

There but for the Grace of....go I.

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 03:35 PM
I try and buy better chocolate when I can. There are companies that try to source chocolate that is harvested/procured by ethical labor standards. It's certainly not cheap, but it generally is higher quality too.

BTW, "Fair Trade" doesn't always mean that the bottom-rung workers are treated ethically, you really need to dig into a company and its practices to know...and even then it is never 100%.

Take my coconut water for example...I bought this crazy expensive coconut water that was $8 a bottle. I wanted to know why I paid so much so I went on their website. They actually pay the farmers really well and give back to the community and all this other stuff.

Needless to say I can't afford $8 coconut water very often -- it goes to show you how much more expensive all our products would be though if we paid people more and treated them ethically.
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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 03:41 PM
a reply to: MystikMushroom

If people got paid more and treated ethically they might be able to afford the 8 dollar coconut water

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 03:59 PM
I just want to post one of the many millions of stories, mods please don't edit as it is a minor part from the links but a complete story to give justice to this thread and the issue. Thank you.

Aly Diabate was almost 12 when a slave trader promised him a bicycle and $150 a year to help support his poor parents in Mali. He worked for a year and a half for a cocoa farmer who is known as "Le Gros" ("the Big Man"), but he said his only rewards were the rare days when Le Gros' overseers or older slaves didn't flog him with a bicycle chain or branches from a cacao tree.

Aly said he doesn't know what the beans from the cacao tree taste like after they've been processed and blended with sugar, milk and other ingredients. That happens far away from the farm where he worked, in places such as Hershey, Pa., Milwaukee and San Francisco.

"I don't know what chocolate is," said Aly.

Aly Diabate and 18 other boys labored on a 494-acre farm, very large by Ivory Coast standards, in the southwestern part of the country. Their days began when the sun rose, which at this time of year in Ivory Coast is a few minutes after 6 a.m. They finished work about 6:30 in the evening, just before nightfall, when fireflies were beginning to illuminate the velvety night like Christmas lights. They trudged home to a dinner of burned bananas. If they were lucky, they were treated to yams seasoned with saltwater "gravy."

After dinner, the boys were ordered into a 24-by-20- foot room, where they slept on wooden planks without mattresses. The only window was covered with hardened mud except for a baseball-size hole to let some air in.

"Once we entered the room, nobody was allowed to go out," said Mamadou Traore, a thin, frail youth with serious brown eyes who is 19 now. "Le Gros gave us cans to urinate. He locked the door and kept the key."

"We didn't cry, we didn't scream," said Aly (pronounced AL-ee). "We thought we had been sold, but we weren't sure."

The boys became sure one day when Le Gros walked up to Mamadou and ordered him to work harder. "I bought each of you for 25,000 francs (about $35)," the farmer said, according to Mamadou (MAH-mah-doo). "So you have to work harder to reimburse me."

Aly was barely 4 feet tall when he was sold into slavery, and he had a hard time carrying the heavy bags of cocoa beans.

"Some of the bags were taller than me," he said. "It took two people to put the bag on my head. And when you didn't hurry, you were beaten." He was beaten more than the other boys were. You can still see the faint scars on his back, right shoulder and left arm. "They said he wasn't working very hard," said Mamadou. "The beatings were a part of my life," Aly said. "Anytime they loaded you with bags and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead, they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again."

At night, Aly had nightmares about working forever in the fields, about dying and nobody noticing. To drown them out, he replayed his memories of growing up in Mali, over and over again. "I was always thinking about my parents and how I could get back to my country," he said. But he didn't think about trying to escape. "I was afraid," he said, his voice as faint as the scars on his skinny body. "I had seen others who tried to escape. When they tried they were severely beaten."

Le Gros (Leh GROW), whose name is Lenikpo Yeo, denied that he paid for the boys who worked for him, although Ivory Coast farmers often pay a finder's fee to someone who delivers workers to them. He also denied that the boys were underfed, locked up at night or forced to work more than 12 hours a day without breaks. He said they were treated well, and that he paid for their medical treatment.

"When I go hunting, when get a kill, I divide it in half — one for my family and the other for them. Even if I kill a gazelle, the workers come and share it." He denied beating any of the boys. "I've never, ever laid hands on any one of my workers," Le Gros said. "Maybe I called them bad words if I was angry. That's the worst I did."

Le Gros said a Malian overseer beat one boy who had run away, but he said he himself did not order any beatings. One day early last year, a boy named Oumar Kone was caught trying to escape. One of Le Gros' overseers beat him, said the other boys and local authorities. A few days later, Oumar ran away again, and this time he escaped. He told elders in the local Malian immigrant community what was happening on Le Gros' farm. They called Abdoulaye Macko, who was then the Malian consul general in Bouake, a town north of Daloa, in the heart of Ivory Coast's cocoa- and coffee-growing region.

Macko (MOCK-o) went to the farm with several police officers, and he found the 19 boys there. Aly, the youngest, was 13. The oldest was 21. They had spent anywhere from six months to four and a half years on Le Gros' farm.

"They were tired, slim, they were not smiling," Macko said. "Except one child was not there. This one, his face showed what was happening. He was sick, he had (excrement) in his pants. He was lying on the ground, covered with cacao leaves because they were sure he was dying. He was almost dead. . . . He had been severely beaten."

According to medical records, other boys had healed scars as well as open, infected wounds all over their bodies.

Police freed the boys, and a few days later the Malian consulate in Bouake sent them all home to their villages in Mali. The sick boy was treated at a local hospital, then he was sent home, too.

Le Gros was charged with assault against children and suppressing the liberty of people. The latter crime carries a five- to 10 year prison sentence and a hefty fine, said Daleba Rouba, attorney general for the region.

This is from another site which had the same story and a bit more information:

Ivory Coast authorities ordered Le Gros to pay Aly and the other boys 4.3 million African Financial Community francs (about $6,150) for their time as indentured laborers. Aly got 125,000 francs (about $180) for the 18 months he worked on the cocoa farm.

Aly bought himself the very thing the trader who enslaved him had promised: a bicycle. It has a light, a yellow horn and colorful bottle caps in the spokes. He rides it everywhere.

Aly helps his parents by selling vegetables in a nearby market, but he still doesn't understand why he was a slave.

Read more here:

I believe the amount of children in slavery is even greater than we think we know. With farmers lying and no one keeping an account of what is actually going on. There are very few checks and balances in these rural areas. This story also shows that towns and villages could possibly become proactive and help prevent this abuse. This one had a happy ending.

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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 04:06 PM
oh man, women who are at that time of the month every where are going to FREAK out

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 04:12 PM
a reply to: Jakal26

But rich people deserve the money they make,it doesn't matter how they earn the money and who suffers in the process,those slaves should better themselves,you know like get an education...far out you know personal responsibility and all that

Sorry i had to put up that sarcastic rant because i have seen it too many times spouted on these forums i just couldn't help myself...

On topic....what a disgrace and what a sick bunch of emotionless psychopaths these people must be to use children like that

I really wasn't aware of this and now i am i will spread the info far and wide and will never ever be buying products that are made by these child slaves...time to name and shame companies .....

Eight companies—including Nestle, Mars, and Hershey—were signatories of the massive accord, pledging $2 million to investigate the labor practices and eliminate the “Worst Forms of Child Labor,” the official term from the International Labor Organization, by 2005. When the July 2005 deadline arrived with the industries yet to make major changes, an extension was granted until 2008.

They have known all this time and while promising to fix the problem the child slaves have been increasing along with the companies profits .....
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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 04:45 PM
a reply to: hopenotfeariswhatweneed

Also, please watch the documentary in my link. You don't have to watch that specific link (I have no connections w/it except that I spread it). It's called "The Dark side of Slavery".

A similar story is from Liberia, the impoverished former American colony in Western Africa. Sometime around 2005, Bridgestone/Firestone was sued for still practicing slavery with their rubber plantations there. The Bridgestone/Firestone rubber plantations were first started in 1926 & they've had systematic abuses ever since.

If you ever get bored, just look into the products you love. Then look at what countries the raw materials come from & what those countries' working conditions are like. I guarantee you it will open your eyes even more (depending on the country, of course).

posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 07:04 PM
a reply to: enlightenedservant

Ugh, I think it's called "The Dark Side of Chocolate", not "The Dark Side of Slavery". Didn't notice the typo in time. Grrr.....

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