Don’t take my word for this, it’s just something I heard on the BBC the other night. And it’s been bothering me, so I want to write it down. This is the bizarre situation, as I recall what I heard:
Hershey, M&M/Mars, and Nestle have all been accused of taking advantage of child slave labor in Africa. This has been going on for a while–children are being used as slaves on cocoa plantations in Africa–plantations that supply Hershey, M&M/Mars, and Nestle with cocoa for their chocolate.
Hershey, at least, has stated that it has begun moving away from this practice.
Yet here is the most disturbing part:
A large number of California residents has filed a class-action lawsuit against Hershey, M&M/Mars, and Nestle. And a major law firm has taken on their claim.
And this is their claim:
They bought chocolate products from these three companies, without knowing about this child slave labor involved in the production of their products. So these Californians feel they should be compensated for this.
As I listened to this report, I thought, ‘Wait a minute–this isn’t right. Why should consumers of Hershey, M&M/Mars, and Nestle products in the United States benefit, financially, from child slave labor being practiced in Africa? If these Californians sue Hershey, M&M/Mars, and Nestle, and win their case–this will do absolutely nothing to stop this abhorrent practice of child slave labor.’
In other words, the money that should go toward stopping the child slave labor in Africa will go into the pockets of California residents instead.
And that’s just wrong.
Again, don’t take my word for this–I’m only relating what I heard on the BBC a few nights ago. But this is the situation, as I understand it.