Chocolate and slavery

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Children are being trafficked into slavery harvesting cocoa for Nestle, Mars, and Hershey.

A brave group of former child laborers is fighting back against these companies in US courts, but they need your help to win. Will you chip in CA$89 today?

Donate CA$89 now


In Ivory Coast, thousands of children as young as 11 are being forced to work on cocoa plantations supplying some of the world's biggest brands -- including Nestle, Mars, and Hershey.

The chocolate companies have been dragging their feet for decades when it comes to ending child slavery in their supply chains.

It’s time to demand real action: With your support, we can help fund a lawsuit by a group of former child labourers. They were trafficked into slavery in Ivory Coast cocoa plantations and are now fighting back in US courts, charging these multinational chocolate companies with knowingly profiting from forced child labor.

They're up against high-priced corporate lawyers, but they've got someone on their side that Nestle, Mars, and... Hershey didn't count on -- you, A. Will you chip in CA$89 today to fund this lawsuit and win justice for these brave former child laborers?

Yes, I'll donate CA$89 to fight child slavery in the chocolate trade.

The stories these children tell are harrowing -- they were deceived by human traffickers into traveling from their homes in Mali across the border to Ivory Coast, where they were forced to work on plantations supplying Nestle, Mars, Hershey, and other major chocolate producers.

With no pay, no travel documents, and no clear idea of where they were or how to get back to their families, they performed back-breaking labor, harvesting cocoa with machetes and applying pesticides without protective clothing.

Nestle, Mars, Hershey, and others have been promising to end this travesty since 2001. Yet, when deadlines pass they continue to kick the can down the road, each time claiming they'll end child labor in their supply chains in the next few years.

It's time to end child slavery in the chocolate trade now. This lawsuit is the first step -- if more former child labourers sue for reparations, it will become too costly, and too damaging for these companies' reputations to turn a blind eye.

Will you chip in CA$89 to help these former child laborers beat Big Chocolate? Every extra penny we raise will fuel our campaigning to end human rights abuses in supply chains around the world.

Yes, I'll chip in CA$89 to get justice for former child laborers.

Thanks for all that you do,
Vicky and the SumOfUs team

More information:

Mars, Nestlé and Hershey to face child slavery lawsuit in US, The Guardian, 12 February 2021.

Press Release, International Rights Advocates, 12 February 2021.

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