–If you’d like me to borrow your clothes to spread awareness against human trafficking and promote modesty, please E-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenni from Pixie in Pumps let me borrow this really sweet dress (thanks so much)!!! Our family drove down a road we’ve seen forever (most of our lives) but never went down. It seemed like we were in another state just being down it. Speaking of sweet, let’s learn about some chocolate below. Mmm! I love chocolate!
Reason why I’m doing this #11:
In case you were unaware, most chocolate companies get their cocoa beans picked by slaves (Hershey & Nestlea are biggies – oh and believe me, they have somehow pushed lawsuits aside). Often times it is hard to trace where the original farms are, where they received their beans, but when traced down, the majority is done on slave farms. Most cocoa is picked by slaves taken from Ghana in the Ivory Coast, such as a village of Sika Nti. Planting and picking cocoa is actually very rough and dangerous work. Children have to use sharp machetes on the trees, spray insecticides and herbicides without any protection. These children want an education but are instead forced into hard labor. Their palms swells up from weeding large areas of land and having exposure to chemicals reacting to the blood they shed. One man who was rescued was quoted saying, “Our master used us as slaves. He took us there and never paid us a penny. He said that if anyone escaped, they would be caught and killed. ” and then continued to talk about how if you ran away they’d get tied up, stripped naked, and viciously beaten in front of the other slaves to be made an example of.
“A moving exchange came as Kate asked a young man named Amadou how he felt about his five and a half years in slavery. Amadou replied with remarkable sensitivity: ‘When I think of all that suffering, it hurts my heart deeply. I want to say so much, but I just can’t find the words.’ Kate then explained to him that cocoa was used to make chocolate, a sweet food that people love, but Amadou said he never knew this and had never tasted it. When he was then asked if he had anything to say to the millions of people who eat chocolate every day, Amadou replied, ‘If I had to say something to them, it would not be nice words. They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them, but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.'” –Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales (page 179-180)
A great company that includes a full history of their chocolate company on their site is Divine Chocolate. They fully pay their cocoa farm workers, treat them very well, provide education for their children, and the company is owned by 45% of the farmers! On top of that, they have the best chocolate I’ve ever had, especially their milk chocolate toffee crunch bars which I could probably eat all day every day. Goodness it’s good. My husband loves their white chocolate and coffee chocolate. My sons love their chrunchy milk chocolate bars (tastes like Crunch bars, but without the slavery and a bit thicker). They have a pretty good variety! You can buy their chocolate in many select stores or online (which gets shipped overnight in wonderful cooling packages so your chocolate won’t melt). Believe me, when it comes to Halloween and Easter time, I try and try to tell people about this information but they rather eat the flesh of slaves than fair trade chocolate just because it’s “cheaper”. Really awful. Find out what companies you can trust here.