Nestlé's child slaves

Children trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa for Nestlé, Hershey and Mars are fighting back in court -- suing the candy giants to force them to finally stop using child slavery. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Tenimba was just 11 when a trafficker lured him from his home in Mali to a cocoa plantation in Ivory Coast. He was promised good pay and care. Instead he worked every day for two years with no pay, no medical care, and no safety measures.

Today there are over 1.5 million child laborers like Tenimba, losing their childhood to supply cocoa to some of the world’s wealthiest brands, like Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey.

But Tenimba and 7 other former child slaves are fighting for justice, and have just brought a new lawsuit against these chocolate giants, hoping to get justice for themselves and hundreds of thousands of others.

They’re up against the most expensive lawyers money can buy -- and they’re asking for your help. Will you help fund their lawsuit... and save these children from slavery?

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Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey know all about their child slavery problem. They’ve been promising to end it since 2001. Yet with each deadline that passes, they kick the can down the road, all while hundreds of thousands of kids are forced to trade their youth to provide these giants with cocoa -- and billions in profits.

This lawsuit could change things — it’s a class action, which means more child laborers could join in and sue for reparations. Mounting costs and reputation damage could finally break these chocolate giants, forcing them to actually, at long last, address the problem.

This is a true David vs. Goliath story -- former child slaves against the giant international corporations that profited from their exploitation. We’ve funded their battle before -- helping them make it all the way to the Supreme Court. But they need us again -- and this time we can prevail.

Will you chip in to help them win this fight and get justice for all of Big Chocolate’s child laborers? Every extra penny we raise will fuel our campaigning to end human rights abuses in supply chains around the world.

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


More information:

Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Hershey, Mondelez, Olam and Barry Callebaut Respond to New Cocoa Slavery Case With Blatant, Objectively Verifiable Lies, International Rights Advocates, 8 August 2021

Press Release: Child Slaves Who Were Trafficked and Forced to Harvest Cocoa in Cote D’Ivoire Sue the Cocoa Companies that Enslaved Them: Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Mondelēz, Hershey, Barry Callebaut, and Olam, International Rights Advocates, 12 February 2021

Department of Labor Study on Child Labor, International Rights Advocates, 12 April 2020

Nestlé & Cargill v. Doe Series: Meet the “John Does” – the Children Enslaved in Nestlé & Cargill’s Supply Chain, Just Security, 21 December 2020

Cocoa’s child laborers, The Washington Post, 5 June 2019

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

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