6 March 2008


Traditionally the approaching Easter season is associated with the consumption of chocolate. Most of us who enjoy this indulgence however are probably unaware that the world's largest cocoa producers - the Ivory Coast and Ghana - have been found guilty by the United Nations and US Congress of exporting cocoa made by trafficked and enslaved children.

For example in the Ivory Coast which produces 43% of the world’s cocoa It is estimated more than 100,000 children work under "the worst forms of child labor," and that about 10,000 are slaves.

The Australian Fair Trade Association and welfare organisations such as World Vision are helping promote awareness and action around issues of fair trade.

For more background information about the chocolate and cocoa industry visit the website of St Columbans Mission Society

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