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Type of document: News
Topic: Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: Africa
Language: English
Source: www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-chocolate14feb14,0,3028588.story?coll=la-opinion-leftrail
Date of publication: 13 February 2007
Abstract: LEONARDO DICAPRIO hasn't yet turned up in a movie about Blood Chocolate, but as valentines from coast to coast open heart-shaped boxes of bonbons today, they might give some thought to an industry that is nearly as harmful to human rights in Africa today as the diamond trade was a decade ago. About 70% of the world's cocoa is grown in West Africa, with Ivory Coast accounting for about 40%. Just as blood diamonds helped finance some of Africa's most brutal wars, cocoa helps subsidize political instability and bloodshed in Ivory Coast. But chocolate's bitter aftertaste comes from the fact that the industry is a magnet for child slavery.

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