Tuesday, March 06, 2007
One form of trafficking is the use of children to harvest the cocoa beans on farms in Cote D'Ivoire. These children are likely to be working to make your chocolate. Nearly half the world's chocolate is made from cocoa grown in the Cote D'Ivoire, in Africa and 12,000 children have been trafficked into cocoa farms in Cote D'Ivoire. When we buy chocolate we are being forced to be oppressors ourselves as we have no guarantee that the chocolate we eat is 'traffik free'. STOP THE TRAFFIK wants all chocolate companies to be able to stamp onto their chocolate wrappers a guarantee that the cocoa beans have not been harvested by trafficked labour. We can then all choose to eat chocolate with a Traffik Free Guarantee.
STOP THE TRAFFIK is calling for people everywhere of all ages to force the chocolate companies to give a guarantee that their chocolate is Traffik Free. Will they commit to print a 'Traffik Free Guarantee' on chocolate bars so we can choose to buy chocolate that is not made through trafficked labour?
Everyone can still enjoy chocolate, but you can choose to only eat chocolate that is guaranteed to be 'Traffik Free' which includes Divine, Green & Black Maya Gold and those listed on the STOP THE TRAFFIK Good Chocolate Guide. The only way chocolate companies will take action is if they see their expected branded chocolate sales drop.