The chocolate supply chain is tied to human trafficking and child slave labor, and Big Chocolate tolerates it, indeed profits from it.

Source: OPED: Chocolate industry still tied to child slave labor

NICOLE WATT, New York Dispatch Guest-Column:

fb260952f86bb890dfaa3b4438a0f662“In the slavery novel, The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd writes ‘There’s a frightful muteness that dwells at the center of all unspeakable things…’

I don’t know what I find more disheartening: the silence of a large corporation I once loved and trusted or of those on my social media who use Hershey’s services and products. Even my requests for further information went unanswered.

Gary Haugen, founder of International Justice Mission (IJM.org), one of the leading organizations fighting violence against the poor who strongly condemns child slavery, says ‘Justice is doing for others what we would want done for us.’

I doubt anyone reading this supports slavery, especially the slavery of children.

But is the rescue of suffering children thousands of miles away as important as our and our children’s…recreation?

Here in the west, one of our greatest tools of rescue is to stop the demand.

Who is willing to forgo their chocolates or their summer trips to Hershey Park to help put an end to that demand?

Not many. And Hershey knows it.

‘History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another’s pain in the heart our own.’ — Prof. Julius Lester”  ~ NICOLE WATT, Guest Columnist, New York Dispatch

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