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The reports have unveiled stories about boys, as young as 9 years old, who were tricked or sold into slavery, to work on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire) in West Africa. This small country is the world's major supplier of cocoa, providing 43% of the world's supply.
The International Labour Organization, part of the United Nations, estimates that 284,000 child laborers work on cocoa farms, most of them in the Ivory Coast. "These children are either involved in hazardous work, unprotected or unfree, or have been trafficked," says the ILO.
About five years ago, Senator Thomas Harkin (D, Iowa) led an investigation into allegations of child slavery in the African cocoa trade. The senator introduced legislation that would have required chocolate sold in the U.S. to be labeled "slave-free." The bill was not enacted, but Nestlé got the message. The company, other big chocolate producers, the ILO and nonprofit groups like Anti-Slavery International, Save the Children, and UNICEF, signed an agreement promising that by July 2005 they would find a way to eliminate child slavery in cocoa production by certifying chocolate as not having been produced by any underage, indentured, trafficked or coerced labor.
When the ingredients of chocolate are being transported, (no, America gets the ingredients from the jungle) insects land on the ingredients. Since there must be some sticky part, they get stuck and die or just are killed and thrown out onto the pile. Plus, it's a jungle, people! There must be no insects in the jungle (not). So, there are too many insects to throw out, so there are still bodies and parts in the ingredients. When they mix up all the ingredients all together, they splatter all into the whole batch. When the chocolate is sold, there are still pieces in the chocolate. Then people like you eat it, you get insect parts floating in your body! Good for you!