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The Dark Side of Chocolate: Child Trafficking and Illegal Child Labor in the Cocoa Industry
Library Journal. 137.7 (Apr. 15, 2012): p53.
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The Dark Side of Chocolate: Child Trafficking and Illegal Child Labor in the Cocoa industry, color. 47 min. Miki Mistrati & U. Roberto Rornano, DRTV, dist. by Films Media Group, 800-257-5126; www.films.com. 2011. DVD ISBN 9781817330360. $169.95. Public performance; closed-captioned. BUS/INT AFFAIRS

The intent of investigative filmmakers Mistrati and Romano is to confirm or dispel rumors about child trafficking and labor in the chocolate industry, despite a 2001 ban on such practices. They journey to Mall and film evidence of children being transported to neighboring Ivory Coast where they labor, unpaid, on cocoa plantations that are the headwaters of the rivers of chocolate that flow out to the world. Despite considerable danger and denials from the governments and chocolate producers, the pair go to plantations to interview those who participate in or are familiar with the trafficking process. Most wrenching are their conversations with the wary and fearful children, youngsters between ten and 15, who find themselves facing a life of slave labor in horrendous conditions, far from families and the reach of social services organizations. VERDICT This film effectively explains the economic and practical aspects of the production of chocolate and exposes the industry's continuing reliance on child labor. The hidden-camera work creates a sense of immediacy and allows viewers to feel as if they, too, are thrashing through the underbrush at a cocoa plantation.--Joan Pedzich, formerly with Harris Beach PLLC, Pittsford, NY

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Pedzich, Joan. "The Dark Side of Chocolate: Child Trafficking and Illegal Child Labor in the Cocoa Industry." Library Journal, 15 Apr. 2012, p. 53. Academic OneFile, http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA286826263%2FAONE%3Fu%3Dkitc54549%26sid%3DAONE%26xid%3D59b92387. Accessed 14 Dec. 2017.

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