Wednesday, March 24, 2010

FAIRTRADE COCOA PRODUCED BY CHILD LABOUR

Photo: Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour

In a village in Ghana, the BBC's Paul Kenyon met 12-year-old Ouare.

Ouare comes from Burkino Faso.

Ouare was sold to traffickers by his uncle.

Ouare was taken to Ghana and sold as a cocoa picker.

He has not been paid any money.

The BBC has seen documents which show that in September 2009, the Fairtrade cocoa co-operative in Ghana, which supplies Cadbury and Divine, was getting some of its cocoa from farming communities that were found to be using the worst forms of child labour. (Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour )

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In the Ivory Coast, many children on cocoa farms don't go to school.

Such children get one meal a day and a roof over their head, in return for their work.

Some of the children suffer beatings and abuse. (Labouring for chocolate)

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