The Following is from: Anti-Slavery (antislavery.org)
“Despite the fact that many people believe that slavery no longer exists, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that there are some 8.4 million children in slavery or practices similar to slavery.”
Child trafficking in cocoa industry in West Africa
“The chocolate industry is worth an estimated $110 billion a year, and yet the cocoa, which is the key ingredient in the confectionery, is grown by some of the poorest people on the planet, in plantations that use some of the worst forms of child labour, including trafficking.
This practice is prevalent in West Africa, especially in the Côte d’Ivoire, which is the main world producer of cocoa beans and provides about 40% of the world total cocoa beans production.
The US Department of State estimates that more than 100,000 children in the Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry work under ‘the worst forms of child labour,’ and that some 10,000 are victims of human trafficking or enslavement.”