The US Department of Labor has publicly named cocoa as a product made by forced, child labour. I’ve been reporting this story for the past ten years. The axis of poverty between bad government, forced labour and Western companies make up the first chapter of my new book – trying to explain why Africa is getting poorer.
The Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Forum, Bama Athreya, said about the announcement:- “By including cocoa on the list of products made by child labor, the US government has acknowledged the lack of progress the chocolate industry has made in eliminating serious labor rights abuses in this sector, despite years of promises.”
Nothing, of course, from Europe.