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Update from the Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group

Positive moves in the right direction … time will tell! But still no one looking at the situation with the children that are living on the streets having escaped their situation or those being trafficked across the border! We mustn’t forget, C.R.E.E.R started due to ‘M’ who was in domestic servitude. The figures to find […]

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The Chocolate Industry Exposed: Child Labor, Trafficking and Fair Trade Mislabeling

Excellent piece on the situation!  Please think about the origin of your chocolate this Easter!

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The difference between Orphans and Trafficked Children

Following a conversation earlier with an organisation who has signed up to the Fair Labor Association; we realised the need to examine the ‘difference’ between an orphan and a trafficked child. An orphan – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphan A trafficked child – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafficking_of_children “This can stem from a dangerous “movement” stage of trafficking or from specific aspects of the “exploitation” […]

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Easter chocolate; your choice!

The supermarket shelves are stacked high with easter eggs already, four weeks before Easter Sunday! Have you ever thought where many of these chocolate eggs originate from?

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Advocacy or Action?

It’s been mentioned before, there isn’t a centre in the sub-region of West Africa that solely caters for trafficked children.  Please search google; we cannot find much about what is happening to the trafficked children, but lots of advocacy about them.  Very little action. Due to ‘M’ the little girl who was found on the […]

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Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find

What mustn’t be forgotten, although the last few posts have been about cocoa, don’t forget ‘M’ who inspired us to set up C.R.E.E.R to be a safe shelter to educate the children. She was trafficked but worked in domestic servitude we believe. As well as cocoa, there’s trafficking for domestic servitude, prostitution & many other […]

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When did you last check the origin of your chocolate?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD85fPzLUjo] We know this story & have seen it all too often across West Africa, please take the 10m58s to watch this clip of a series of 5. The Ivorian government is now acting on child trafficking, but the farmers are all scared they will be taken to prison for having the children. It’s a […]

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Humanitarian goodwill, naivety or a sinister side?

The charity, Zoe’s Ark had its founder & partner jailed this week for attempting to take 103 ‘Darfur’ Sudanese children to waiting new parents in France who had paid to receive their new adopted child. But these children weren’t from Darfur but had families in Chad.  AlJazeera has an excellent report of both sides of […]

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