The biggest contributor to child labour and human trafficking is extreme poverty
The main reason young boys are trafficked and farmers use child labour in cocoa growing is because the farmers are not earning sufficient to have a living income. A living income is the amount needed for basic housing, food and essentials; plus, small unforeseen expenses. It will also allow families to send their children to school.
We think chocolate companies and producers have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms. Large global chocolate companies and producers hold a lot of power within the industry, much more so than the cocoa farmers and farmer co-ops in places like Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, which is the largest producer of cocoa in the world.