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The Dark Side of Chocolate

The Dark Side of Chocolate is a 2010 documentary about exploitation and slave trading of African children in the cocoa industry. In the cocoa plantations of Ghana and the Ivory Coast, children aged from 7 to 15 years old, with the promise of paid work, are forced into slave labour.


The documentary was shown to the International Labor Organization in Switzerland, a UN agency working to stop child labor in industry. Nestle and other chocolate producing companies declined an invitation to watch the film and to answer questions.


The documentary producer,Danish journalist Miki Mistrati, set up a large screen next to Nestle’s headquarters in Switzerland, embarrasing Nestle’s executives so much that they rang the police to get it turned off. Obviously, Nestle, and probably many others in the industry, don’t want the wider world to understand what the damage their chocolate supply is causing to such young children.


The Dark Side of Chocolate was directed by Danish journalist Miki Mistrati who investigated the use of child labor and trafficked children in chocolate production. 


Much of the footage in this documentary is recorded using a secret camera.

Next time you tuck in to your Mars Bar, think of how it got to you.

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