"For a decade and a half, the big chocolate makers have promised to end child labor in their industry — and have spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort. But as of the latest estimate, 2.1 million West African children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. What will it take to fix the problem?" - Brian O'Keefe, Fortune, March 1, 2016
Press Release in John Doe I, et al. v. Nestle USA, Inc., et al.
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Following the Ninth Circuit's decision in Doe v. Nestle, International Rights Advocates is now making plans to get back to Cote D’Ivoire to continue our investigation and meet with additional children who have been forced to harvest cocoa for the many multinational companies who continue to profit from child slavery.
International Rights Advocates won a victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed claims against Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill to go forward. The plaintiffs are former victims of child slavery, who worked on cocoa farms in Mali. IRAdvocates Executive Director Terrence Collingsworth welcomes the development. "On behalf of current and former child slaves in the cocoa sector in West Africa, the plaintiffs hope their case will help to end this inhumane practice,” he said.
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