Child slavery case against Nestlé, Cargill and ADM
Three Malian men have won the right to bring their civil child slavery case against Nestlé, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland to Californian courts.
The cocoa suppliers and manufacturer stand accused of aiding and abetting the enticement of the men from Mali to the Ivory Coast in the 1990s where the men, who were children at the time, then worked unpaid on cocoa farms supplying the companies.
NGOs say child labour is still rife in the Ivory Coast and other West African countries with estimates of 300,000 children involved in child slavery on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and Ghana between 2007 and 2013. Clearly this is a major problem within the cocoa industry and therefore one which key players in the industry must start taking responsibility for.
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