Some things that make the situation even worse perhaps: a lot of the slaves are children. Much of the chocolate in your Hershey bar comes from cocoa beans picked by child slaves. All of the large US chocolate companies use cocoa that was partly grown and harvested by slaves.
It’s a complex issue, and I don’t want to just point fingers and blame the chocolate companies. They don’t own the farms, and they didn’t create the problem. They aren’t doing a real lot to solve the problem, either.
Fairly traded chocolate and fairly traded coffee do not use slave labor. That’s maybe the easiest thing we can do to end slavery. I’ll be putting up links to some other things that people can do to help, too.
What do you think? When did you first hear about slavery in the chocolate industry, or about slavery in the world today? Would you like to be part of the solution?