This month people everywhere will be purchasing chocolate and lots of it! Statistics indicate 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased during the week of Valentine’s Day. Here at Restore One, we wanted to take the opportunity this month to encourage you to make smart decisions when purchasing your chocolate – and no, we aren’t talking about the calories.
We are shining a spotlight this month on child labor trafficking and the chocolate industry. Research conducted in 2016, published in Fortune Magazine , indicates 2.1 million children in West Africa are working as cocoa farmers where 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from. Children are trafficked into the farms as slaves where they work long hours, are exposed to heavy toxins and never even try a bite of the chocolate that we so happily consume. One boy said he’d been working on a cocoa farm for five years. He was asked what he thought about people enjoying chocolate in other parts of the world. “They are enjoying something that I suffered to make,” the boy answered. “They are eating my flesh.”
The problem of child labor trafficking and the chocolate industry is complex and overwhelming. However, we can do our part to make a difference by purchasing chocolate with fair trade certifications. Click here to view a list of companies selling slave free chocolate.
An additional way you can make a difference this Valentine’s, a little closer to home, is by supporting restoration of brave and strong male survivors.
For every gift made in February, a heart will be posted on the wall at The Anchor House as a visual reminder that people across the country are taking a stand against the exploitation of males.
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