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.


  1. 1 solosocial October 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I have found a link to this story broadcast on BBC Radio:
    I have just listened to it (again), and the basic facts I remembered are correct: This practice of child slave labor has been going on for a long time.
    And the Californians having this lawsuit filed will–if they win–be compensated for their unknowing purchases of chocolate produced using child slave labor in West Africa. These California residents will get the money–the money will not be used to stop this child slave labor practice at all. And this is why it’s a frivolous lawsuit–the victims of this child slave labor will get nothing but continued slave labor–while these fat-dumb-and-happy Californians will get plenty of money so they can continue their fat-dumb-and-happy lifestyles.

  2. 2 D October 31, 2015 at 11:26 am

    What other damages could they ask for? An injunction won’t happen. This lawsuit is probably the only way to bring awareness and yet still have standing in court.

    • 3 solosocial October 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      It may be.

      But if this is the only way to persuade these chocolate companies to discontinue using this child slave labor in West Africa, it is imperative that the plaintiffs in this case do not keep a cent of the money they receive. If they cannot contribute, in some way, to the discontinuation of this child slave labor–they must donate the money to those who need it most where they live. Contributing the money to the homeless in their individual counties and cities in California would be an excellent way to do this.

      And in my opinion, a mass boycott of chocolate companies using this child slave labor would be a more effective way to end this practice than a class-action lawsuit.

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