The children are all originally from Mali and are now young people claiming damages for slave labor and various related offenses. AFP
Eight children alleged to have been enslaved on ivory cocoa plantations have sued chocolate giants such as Nestlé, Mars and Hershey with the help of International Rights Advocates (IRA). ) The companies are accused of assisting and supporting the illegal slavery of thousands of children on plantations in the companies’ supply chains.
The case is being sued in Washington DC in the USA.
The children are all originally from Mali and are now young people claiming damages for slave labor and various related offenses.
This is the first class action lawsuit against the cocoa industry in the United States , but according to the complaint, citing data from the US State Department, the International Labor Organization and Unicef, the children’s experiences reflect the experiences of eight thousand other children.
The Ivory Coast is surrounded by 45% of all world cocoa production, but human rights violations, systemic poverty, Low wages and child slavery have long been linked to the production of cocoa in West Africa.