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Addressing international labor and migration is an important global issue because it is the link to discrimination against workers and is the source of "brain drain". It can also eliminate slavery.
“ Most of the boys come from neighboring Mali, where agents hang around bus stations looking for children that are alone or are begging for food. They lure the kids to travel to Cote d'Ivoire with them, and then the traffickers sell the children to farmers in need of cheap labor (Raghavan, "Lured...")” (Chanthavong).
“ In addition to the nations mentioned previously, two countries that are especially implicated in child trafficking in the cocoa trade are Cote d'Ivoire which is the receiving country, and Mali which serves as the supplier. Cocoa farms in the Cote d'Ivoire are violating children's human rights in two ways: they are involved in trafficking the children and are also the site of forced labor (Save the Children Canada)” (Chanthavong).
“ There are about 600,000 cocoa farms in Cote d'Ivoire (Child Labor Coalition).
Estimates of the number of children forced to work as slaves on these farms are as high as 15,000 (Save the Children Canada).”
Form our own after school activity for middle school and high school. We want to manage this through-
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Visit our Wiki for more information about child labor in the Ivory Coast, the organizations who help fight child labor, what SAS (Students Against Slavery) wants to do about it, and an educational photo story about child labor.
Children are not supposed to be forced to do manual labor.
There are 218 million child laborers in the world.
We care because we are also kids; kids who might be working beside those children if we were living in Africa.
Why This Issue is Important and Why We Care
If nobody acts to solve this problem immediately, more and more children will be forced to work. If too many children are forced to work instead of going to school, this issue will start to impact the stability of our society. By then, it would be too late to change the way that things are.
Why People Should Care and Act
If you agree with us, please send our message to everyone you know!
It’s time for us to make a difference, so do the right thing.
It still isn’t too late to act.
All children have the right to an education and a happy childhood.
Why do we have to pay the price of poverty. We didn't create poverty, adults did." Sultana, a twelve-year garment factory worker.
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Other discussion areas include-
Audet, Marye. "Traffick Free Chocolate- Do You Support Child Labor?." HubPages . 2007. 30 Jan 2008 <http://hubpages.com/hub/Traffik_Free_Chocolate_Do_You_Support_Child_Labor>.
Chanthavong, Samlanchith. "Chocolate and Slavery Child labor in Cote D'Ivoire." Chocolate and Slavery . 2002. Mandala Projects. 14 Feb 2008 <http://www.american.edu/ted/chocolate-slave.htm>.
“ Côte d'Ivoire." UNICEF. 16 Nov 2004. UNICEF. 23 Jan 2008
"Labour migration in the twenty-first century: E Pluribus Unum?." ILO . 10 Mar 2006. ILO. 23 Jan 2008 <http://www.ilo.org/global/About_the_ILO/Media_and_public_information/Feature_streies/lang--en/WCMS_067991.index.htm>.