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Chocolate’s billion-dollar industry starts with workers like Abdul. Abdul holds the yellow cocoa pod lengthwise and gives it two quick cracks, snapping it open to show/tell about milky white cocoa beans. During the course of an (act of asking questions and trying to find the truth about something) for CNN’s Freedom Project effort to begin (doing something) – an (act of asking questions and trying to find the truth about something) that went deep into the cocoa fields of Ivory Coast – a team of CNN professional writers found that child labor, (moving things illegally from one place to another) and slavery are common in an industry that produces some of the world’s best-known brands. After a series of news reports surfaced in 2001 about gross violations in the cocoa industry, lawmakers in the United States put huge pressure on the industry to change.
“How many people in America know that all this chocolate they are eating – candies and all of those wonderful chocolates – is being produced by terrible child labor?”But after intense (trying to convince lawmakers) by the cocoa industry, lawmakers weren’t able to push through a law. What they got was a (something you choose to do, but is not required) rules of conduct, signed by the heads of the chocolate industry, to stop the worst forms of child labor “as a matter of extreme importance”. One of the key goals was to certify the cocoa trade as child-labor free. “It was meant to (accomplish or gain with effort) the end of child slave labor in cocoa fields”, Engel said. UNICEF guesses (numbers) that nearly a half-million children work on farms across Ivory Coast, which produces nearly 40% of the world’s supply of cocoa. The (service business/government unit/power/functioning) says hundreds of thousands of children, many of them (moved things illegally from one place to another) across borders, are involved in the worst forms of child labor. “I think the situation has improved (more and more as time goes on)”, said Rabola Kagohi, country director for the International Cocoa Effort to begin (doing something), the chocolate industry’s answer to fighting child labor and (moving things illegally from one place to another). “I wish that you had spoken to some planters”.
None of the farmers CNN spoke to in the heart of the cocoa production area said they had ever been reached by the International Cocoa Effort to begin (doing something), the government or chocolate companies about child (moving things illegally from one place to another). He can’t clear grass in the cocoa fields without cutting himself. During harvest season, he works day after day hacking the cocoa pods. But they could do better”. One of the major players in the Ivory Coast cocoa trade is, as expected, the Ivorian government. But the government leadership blames politics and war for the problems in the cocoa industry. “Thirty years of (not having a steady, trustworthy government) caused a lot of damage to our (process of people making, selling, and buying things) generally, and to the farming-based part/area especially, and more specifically to the cocoa industry”, said Ivory Coast’s minister of farming, Sangafowa Coulibaly. “The main reason is that today, the serious political problem is behind us, the armed conflict is behind us”. But many (people who are watching something) believe that a new government won’t make it a priority to stop slavery in the cocoa fields. (people in charge of something) told CNN that the Ivory Coast conflict actually helped slow down (moving things illegally from one place to another) because people were too afraid to move across borders.
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