Case Study: Slavery in the Chocolate Industry
This case is about the slavery of young men in the Chocolate industry. Chocolate is made from the highly prized top quality cocoa beans that are grown on farms in West Africa, especially the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which make up close to half of the world’s chocolate. Slavery in the chocolate industry raises many issues including systematic, corporate and individual ethical issue. Here I’m going to discuss the issue I observed in this case. The first issue is the child slavery, it was said that these young boys were kidnapped from different villages. They were not just kidnapped but they were also forced to work, and are beaten and whipped by the cocoa farmers. Many of them even died because of this suffering and also because some of them were killed. The second issue is that the laws are not enforced due to the lack of control of the government to its people and the lack of resources or the desire to enforce the laws. The third one is Chocolate manufacturers who know this issue were unable to take action to improve the situation and the last one is that chocolate consumers are unaware or choose to be ignorant of the cost involved to create chocolate. In the second question that is asking about my opinion on child slavery whether it is absolutely wrong or is it just relatively wrong? My opinion is that it is completely wrong, slavery, kidnapping and killing are all wrong. The way they treat them as slaves is just like the old times where they are treated like animals, whipped and beaten to death just to make them work. These children are human too in fact they are much more fragile and weak. They are the same as we are, treat them right, they didn’t wish to be in that position. If you put yourself in their shoe, you will definitely agree that child slavery and what they are doing is wrong. On the third question asking who shares in the moral responsibility for the slavery occurring in the...
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