Chocolate And Human Trafficking Essay

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Chocolate and Human Trafficking

The average American consumes over eleven pounds of chocolate every single year, the equivalent of around 120 chocolate bars, amounting to around thirteen billion dollars of chocolate. (Huffington Post, 2013) This leads to the question of where does all of this chocolate come from? Seventy percent comes from forced child labor, otherwise known as human trafficking. The Polaris Project, a nonprofit working to combat the trafficking of humans, defines labor trafficking as: the use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many different industries. (The Polaris Project) The majority of cocoa used for the production of chocolate is made on farms in the Ivory Coast where forced labor trafficking is happening to maximize profits within the company, but not enough reforms have been made to help put an end to the injustice behind the production of chocolate. Labor trafficking is
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Portuguese planters had replaced chattel slavery with contract labor, but there terms were very harsh. Rumors about slave labor for cocoa were first heard about my William A. Cadbury, buying manager for Cadbury Chocolate, in 1901 on his visit to Trinidad. Cadbury was convicted of buying cocoa that came from slave labor. (Robins 2001, 599) This became a major ethical issue for the makers of Cadbury Chocolate. The Cadbury family were dedicated Quakers, pursuing a brand image that connected with their religious belief while also supporting that cocoa was a healthy, nutritious food. The brothers paid what was considered a
“living wage” to the workers back in the factory. In 1906, an “ethical purchasing policy” was put through to make sure that everything in the company was carried out with proper trade rates. (600) Even the company 's advertisements claimed that its cocoa was “Absolutely pure, therefore the

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