They come mainly from Burkina Faso. Boys and young people as young as 8 years of age. They come because there are struggles and problems back home. They are looking for hope. Hope that life can be better and that they can save some money to send back home to help a mother, a family. They can be taken by an agent or a member of the extended family. Uncles and aunties as they are called locally. Sometimes a father has died and it is the only hope that a mother has to help look after the rest of the children. Sometimes they are kidnapped.

Cote d’Ivoire is the biggest producer of cocoa in the world. Its production is labour intensive and cannot be harvested by machine as the cocoa pod has to be cut from the tree in such a way that it will produce from the same spot again. Trafficked young people are mostly trafficked through Ghana across the easy border to Cote d’Ivoire. They are met at the border by Ivorian people (maybe job agents), who do not need to fill out costly forms to receive workers. Then they are taken mainly to isolated areas in the south west of the country. It happens most where they “chase the forest”. This means where new areas are being developed; away from the structures of civil society and where they can be hidden in the forest and plantations. The roads are dreadful and the areas can be very dangerous. Farmers are not given a high price for their cocoa and so they resort to cheap labour to make an adequate profit.

These trafficked young people seldom get any money only the clothes they wear, food and somewhere to sleep. The work can be dangerous as they are not always taught to use the machetes and the chemicals they are using safely.

When I was young I heard about traffickers in my village, everyone talks about it, my family, my friends and where I was working in a market garden. I met my trafficker. He was from my own country and known in my village. He knew I wanted a bicycle so I could have transport and get around when I wanted to. I had been trying to save up for one for years, but could not reach the money needed (US$140). My trafficker said if I went with him and worked on a cocoa farm for 2 years in Cote d’Ivoire, I could afford my bike and a radio and clothes. At the time I did not think he was going to traffic me as he knew me. I went with him and was trafficked. I got no money and after all the hard work and pain, I still have no bike and nothing to show for the time on the cocoa farm. I know I am not the only one.   


Get a pack of postcards to sign and take into your local supermarket to either ask for them to stock more #traffikfree chocolate products for next Easter, to thank them for the #traffikfree stock they ordered
this year, or ask Mondelez why they haven't stocked their certified Dairy Milk Egg this year for Easter.



Grab yourself a colour A3 Easter poster that has some Easter actions on it, and put it up at work, school, university or your local club to raise awareness. You can even get a whole bunch of your friends and family to sign it to take in to your local supermarket.


Want to know which eggs are #traffikfree in shopping centres near you? Download the Good Egg Guide to find out which ones are #traffikfree. Let us know if you find some that aren't listed!


Do you know some school aged children? Are you a teacher looking to help your young students understand how they can #stopthetraffik? Download this pack of resources for your classroom.


Download this great resource to help you organise a #traffikfree Easter Egg Hunt! Includes a template for certified eggs to use in your egg hunt!


Download this Easter Press release and graphic images to help amplify the #traffikfreeEaster message
this year in your publications.


Educate yourself on the impact of certifications on eliminating human trafficking in the harvesting of cocoa used for the chocolate we eat.

For more on what certifiers were asked for the creation of this report click here

For a statement from UTZ Certified in response to the report click here


Read more about the STOP THE TRAFFIK Chocolate Box that ranks chocolate companies on their progress in Certification and Programs to eradicate human trafficking from their supply chains.


We've made a printable card for you to give to your grandchildren this Easter. The A4 foldable card includes a touching story of a young boy called Karim & why you bought certified chocolate this year.

Dear WesfaRmers (Coles, Target and Kmart) and Woolworths (Woolworths and Big W),

In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children and young people are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter chocolate.
That’s why I, and thousands like me, choose to buy Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ labeled products. The label tells us steps have been taken to prevent and disrupt this abuse.


We are grateful for some stores increasing their range, particularly of their private label products. However, supplies are still limited and I have difficulties purchasing labeled Easter products. For this reason, I am urging your company to release a timetabled plan to STOP THE TRAFFIK ( to achieve 100% of the Easter products you stock being certified and labeled, by 2020.

This ask is in line with the industry promises made through the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), whose members include the largest chocolate buyers and producers in the world.  Through the initiative, the chocolate industry is taking responsibility for eliminating human trafficking and worst forms of child labour in its supply chain by 2020. With Nick Weatherill, Executive Director of ICI, we believe “anyone deriving profit, revenue or pleasure from chocolate should be contributing to a more sustainable supply of its raw material.”

Together we can STOP THE TRAFFIK,


** We will print all the signed letters and deliver them in person to the head offices of Wesfarmers and Woolworths. **


Tell us where you have found a great supply of certified chocolate near you! Or let us know where there wasn't any to find as well. These are the certification logos you want to look for on your Easter eggs:

We will put these locations up on a shared map so others can go shopping in the places you have found.

Name *
Where Did you find your eggs?
Address *
Were the eggs certified? *

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Download the written list
of store locations here.

Map Last Updated: Monday 21 March