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John Doe I, et al. v. Nestle USA, Inc., et al.

Former child slaves of Malian origin who were trafficked and forced to work harvesting and/or cultivating cocoa beans on farms in Côte d’Ivoire, which supply cocoa beans to the Defendant companies, filed a complaint on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated former child slaves of Malian origin against Defendants: Nestlé, S.A., Nestlé, U.S.A., and Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, S.A.; Cargill, Incorporated Cargill Cocoa, and Cargill West Africa, S.A. and Archer Daniels Midland Company for the forced labor and torture they suffered as a result of the wrongful conduct either caused and/or aided and  abetted by these corporate entities. Plaintiffs assert claims for child slavery/forced labor, cruel, inhumane or degrqading treatment, and torture under the ATS.

Chocolate Redemption

Thu, 04/01/2021 - 16:25 -- admin

Easter is the biggest day for chocolate sales in the United States. Unfortunately, most of the Easter candy American children will enjoy is harvested by children in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. These countries collectively supply over 70% of the world’s cocoa sold to consumers by the major chocolate brands, and most of it is harvested with child labor. I know this because I have been researching child slavery in West African cocoa production for over twenty years.

Cocoa Child Laborers Photo Archive 1

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 09:21 -- admin

Below are some of the photos taken during our fact-finding mission to Cote D'Ivoir. Pictured are trafficked children from Mali between the ages of 8 and 14, working on a cocoa plantation. This plantation in particular supplies Cocoa to Nestle. These young boys used sharp machetes to clear brush and harvest cocoa pods.



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