Fair Trade Chocolate on Halloween!

afjnOn Halloween, chocolate is the tastiest of treats. Yet, in reality, our favorite candy is bitter sweet…
284,000 children toil in abusive labor conditions in West Africa’s cocoa field, many trafficked from neighboring countries
Cocoa companies pay prices so low that many cocoa farmers cannot meet their families’ basic needs
Will you help spread the word on the cocoa industry’s dark side while also supporting more sustainable alternatives? Participate in Global Exchange’s third annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating! Continue reading Fair Trade Chocolate on Halloween!

Boy, Oh, Boy

New York Times.

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Maureen Dowd
The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.

Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy! Continue reading Boy, Oh, Boy

U.S. Labor Department issues reports on international child labor and forced labor

ILAB News Release: [09/10/2009]
Contact Name: Clarisse Young
Phone Number:(202) 693-5051
Release Number: 09-0946-NAT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today released three reports on child labor and/or forced labor in countries around the globe. The documents include the initial “List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor” required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA List). Continue reading U.S. Labor Department issues reports on international child labor and forced labor

Nigeria-Italy Human Trafficking Rises Sharply

One World
ROME, Sep 11 (IPS) – An alarming rise has been recorded in the number of Nigerian girls trafficked to Italy.

Women farming in a field in Nigeria. MikeBlyth (flickr)
Women farming in a field in Nigeria. MikeBlyth (flickr)

Last year 1,782 young girls from Nigeria arrived in Lampedusa, compared to 166 in 2007, human rights organisations say. Lampedusa, an Italian island 205 km from the Italian coast, located between Tunisia and Sicily, is used as a holding centre for migrants, particularly from Africa.

Human trafficking has become the third biggest source of income for criminal organisations globally, following drug and arms, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published earlier this year. Close to 80 percent of people trafficked, mostly women, are sexually exploited, the report says. Continue reading Nigeria-Italy Human Trafficking Rises Sharply