Documentary: The Dark Side of Chocolate – Child Slavery

Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labor and trafficked children?   The award winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati decides to investigate the rumours.


His hunt for answers brings him to Mali in West Africa, where hidden footage reveals illegal trafficking of small children to the cocoa fields in neighbouring Ivory Coast. Kids as young as seven years old work illegal in the plantations where they face a dangerous job cutting down the cocoa and carrying heavy loads. Some are victimes of trafficking and most of the kids are never paid.

The West African country of Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer of cocoa with more than 40 percent of the world’s production.

Companies like Nestle, Barry Callebaut and Mars signed the Cocoa Protocol in 2001 promising to work for a total eradication of child labor in the cocoa sector by 2008.

Does your favorite chocalate have a bitter taste?
The industries response to the film

The missing journalist Guy-André Kieffer

Guy-André Kieffer

The Harkin-Engel Protocol
Interpol Operation BIA

Organizations :

International Labour Organization
The Dark Side of Chocolate (wikipedia)



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