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    Ban child-slavery products from US

    Here are the petition and its background:
    TO: US SENATE & US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    Dear Legislators: Please enact a bill barring barring import of products created using enslaved children as labor. This will include most of the chocolate currently sold in the US and will get Hershey, Nestle, Ghirardelli, etc., to tell their vendors in Africa, "Every few cacao plantations need to get together and invest in a cherry-picker, so that you don't need lightweight humans to harvest from the upper limbs. We can't use slave products."


    Why is this important?

    Men go around Africa kidnapping young (say, four-year-old) children to abuse severely, by means up to and sometimes including rape by adult-sized men, until they're so broken down they make docile slaves. Then they sell them to cacao plantation owners to climb into the weak upper limbs of cacao trees and harvest the cacao beans growing there. When they grow enough to be too heavy for that work, they're abandoned--hundreds of miles from anyone they know, non-literate and with no salable skills.

    https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/ban-child-slavery-products-from-us

    If you buy Easter chocolates, remember these fair-trade chocolate companies:

    Rapunzel
    Lily's Sweet
    Equal Exchange
    Dagoba
    Sunspire
    Alter Eco
    Amano
    Ithaca
    Ben & Jerry's
    Camino
    Chuao
    Cloud 9
    Coffee-Tea-Etc.
    Deans
    Day
    El Rey
    Endangered Species
    Green & Black's
    Health By Chocolate
    Malagasy
    Havelaar
    Omanahene
    Nirvana
    Robin's
    Shaman
    Sojourn
    Sweet Earth
    Terra Nostra Organic
    Whole Foods
    Vairana
    Yachana
    Last edited by Barry; 03-01-2016 at 03:12 PM.
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