The Dark Side of Chocolate

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Published on 31st May 2016 by

A 2010 documentary about the exploitation and slave trading of children in the chocolate industry in Africa, ten years after the chocolate industry pledged to end the practices. The cocoa plantations of Ghana and the Ivory Coast provide 80% of the worlds cocoa supply, but harvesting in both countries has long relied on slave labour.

Much of the footage used in this documentary was filmed with a secret camera in order to capture evidence that the use of child labour has not been eradicated in the production of cocoa which goes in to the products of worlds most largest confectionery corporations such as Nestle and Cadbury’s.

Nestle themselves declined the opportunity to comment on the films findings and refused to contribute to the film, the film makers instead set up a large screen next to the companies Swiss headquarters so that employees were exposed to footage of child labour on cocoa plantations.

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