This Christmas people around the world will be filling stockings, wrapping up and feasting on chocolate.
As one of the cheapest and most readily available luxuries, chocolate companies use high quality ingredients including coercion, force, exploitation and violence to make annual profits of over $10 billion in the USA alone.
The world’s largest exporter and producer of cocoa is Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa where over a third of the world’s chocolate originates from.
It is in Cote D’Ivoire, surrounded by mass unemployment, consequences of civil war, poverty and unstable global markets that parents with malnourished children, children left homeless or orphans from war are tricked or forced into a murky world of exploitation and enslavement on cocoa plantations. And it is within this hidden environment of trafficked child laborers that our luxury pleasures are born.