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"Eight children who claim they were used as slave labour on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast have launched legal action against the world’s biggest chocolate companies. They accuse the corporations of aiding and abetting the illegal enslavement of “thousands” of children on cocoa farms in their supply chains.

Nestlé, Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Mars, Olam, Hershey and Mondelēz have been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington DC by the human rights firm International Rights Advocates (IRA), on behalf of eight former child slaves who say they were forced to work without pay on cocoa plantations in the west African country."

theguardian.com/global-develop

current slavery, Ivory Coast, cocoa, legal action 

@porsupah
But nooooo, "slavery is a thing of the past, get over it", right? 🙄

FUCK! How can people defend themselves against these millionaire-backed slavers? And will these companies receive more than just a slap in the wrist?

current slavery, Ivory Coast, cocoa, legal action 

@yuki As ever, they'll make plaintive cries of "trying", and nothing will happen to any executive - maybe some more earnest assurances.

Hopefully the case will progress - at the very least, it'll highlight the depths to which these (and so many more) corporations will sink to make a few extra percent margin on billions. If it does move ahead, I imagine we'll see PR from the corps, either denying the issue exists, claiming to be working hard to combat it, or going the whole "it's a good thing actually and we just don't understand", complete with smiling workers saying how happy they are.

current slavery, Ivory Coast, cocoa, legal action 

@porsupah
At this point I wonder if civilization is actually worth it.

Maybe we would be better back when we just survived in the wild and savage beasts were our only enemy?

Sigh.

current slavery, Ivory Coast, cocoa, legal action 

@porsupah There is a "Lieferkettengesetz" in the German legislative process now. It would force any German-based company to make sure that every company in the delivery chain complies with minimal standards regarding wages and human rights.

current slavery, Ivory Coast, cocoa, legal action 

@porsupah

Their lawyer.

"last week he argued that because the corporation that supplied Zyklon B to the Nazis for use in their extermination camps was not indicted at Nuremberg, Nestle and Cargill should not be held liable for their use of child slave labor."

newrepublic.com/article/160481

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