Pretty damning article about Cocoa’s child laborers.
Didn’t mean to dismiss the legit issue.
I’m trying to break my once-in-a-while addiction addiction to sweet things and to chocolate.
Now I can consider the moral and ethical issues raised in the article.
In a really really poor place with little chance of opportunity, if you take away the nearly-forced-labor or absolutely-forced-labor of children, what income sources are still available to most poor families?
@f00l True enough. I’ve been working since I was 11…before that I sold Christmas Cards door-to-door back when it was safe for a kid to do that.
I recently had to have a new underground land line laid for the pool…the guy had his high-school aged son and a buddy out there digging the trench. They did a great job. He charged me adult wages for a two-man crew for 7 hours so I hope the kids got most of it.
Having known people that have spent time in that area of Africa, the problem also is that the men do not work.
Maybe it’s the culture for them to literally do almost no work, while the women and children do the work and meals for the family, making the money needed.
They were installing wells and teaching how to care for the wells along with some construction projects. The men did none of the work, but mostly just sat and watch the women and children help with the process. As they stayed there down there for a while, they saw the same thing in every one of the villages. There were very few exceptions, though a couple of the men did finally help a bit.