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Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana: Efforts too small to curb child labour on cocoa farms

Author: IRIN News - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Published on: 19 February 2008

Despite an international outcry in 2000 over child exploitation on West African cocoa farms, and ambitious efforts by governments since then to regulate the industry, very little has changed for an estimated 284,000 child labourers, according to campaign groups... Up to 12,000 of these have been illegally trafficked across African borders to work on Ivorian cocoa farms, according to non-governmental organisation (NGO) Stop the Traffik. Many of these children are forced to work in dangerous conditions, on slave-labour wages or for nothing in order to put chocolate into the mouths of consumers, according to Phil Lane, Stop the Traffik’s European director.

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