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Equal Exchange Launches 5th Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treat Halloween Drive to End Forced Child Labor in Cocoa Countries

2011 marks 10 years after Harkin-Engel Protocol called for end to the worst forms of child labor in cocoa-producing countries
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It has now been 10 years since the cocoa/chocolate industry signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol obliging them to root out forced child labor in their supply chains. The Protocol was championed by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Rep. Eliot Engel (NY) in the wake of a global scandal when reporters uncovered the practice of children being trafficked and forced to work against their will on cocoa farms in West Africa. When after five years there was no discernable progress Equal Exchange, in collaboration with human rights and advocacy groups like Global Exchange and the International Labor Rights Forum, launched the first Reverse Trick-or-Treating campaign. On Halloween 2006 thousands of children nationwide delivered informational cards and Fair Trade chocolates to over 100,000 households to raise awareness of the issue and of Fair Trade as a tool to help end forced child labor. Unfortunately the industry has still done far too little to tackle child labor, or the endemic poverty of cocoa farmers, so the Reverse Trick-or-Treating campaign is returning for the 5th year.

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It has now been 10 years since the cocoa/chocolate industry signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol obliging them to root out forced child labor in their supply chains. The Protocol was championed by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Rep. Eliot Engel (NY) in the wake of a global scandal when reporters uncovered the practice of children being trafficked and forced to work against their will on cocoa farms in West Africa. When after five years there was no discernable progress Equal Exchange, in collaboration with human rights and advocacy groups like Global Exchange and the International Labor Rights Forum, launched the first Reverse Trick-or-Treating campaign. On Halloween 2006 thousands of children nationwide delivered informational cards and Fair Trade chocolates to over 100,000 households to raise awareness of the issue and of Fair Trade as a tool to help end forced child labor. Unfortunately the industry has still done far too little to tackle child labor, or the endemic poverty of cocoa farmers, so the Reverse Trick-or-Treating campaign is returning for the 5th year.

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