When Arouna was just 14 years old, a man came to his village, promising a better life and a good job harvesting cocoa in Cote d'Ivoire.
Instead, he was trafficked and forced to spend the next four years working for no pay under horrific conditions on a plantation that supplies cocoa to some of the world’s richest chocolate brands.
But now Arouna and seven other former child slaves are bringing a landmark lawsuit against Nestlé, Mars, Hershey, and other chocolate giants, charging that they knew about the trafficking and forced labor and did nothing.
This lawsuit could change everything for more than 1.5 million child laborers in West Africa who perform back-breaking work on cocoa plantations every day. Finally, chocolate makers could be forced to clean up their supply chains for good.
But the chocolate mega-corps are fighting tooth-and-nail with the most expensive lawyers money can buy.
Arouna and his fellow former child slaves urgently need funding to fuel their lawsuit and win -- will you chip in today?