Former child slaves of Malian origin who were trafficked and forced to work harvesting and/or cultivating cocoa beans on farms in Côte d’Ivoire, which supply cocoa beans to the Defendant companies, filed a complaint on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated former child slaves of Malian origin against Defendants: Nestlé, S.A., Nestlé, U.S.A., and Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, S.A.; Cargill, Incorporated Cargill Cocoa, and Cargill West Africa, S.A. and Archer Daniels Midland Company for the forced labor and torture they suffered as a result of the wrongful conduct either caused and/or aided and abetted by these corporate entities. Plaintiffs assert claims for child slavery/forced labor, cruel, inhumane or degrqading treatment, and torture under the ATS.
Easter is the biggest day for chocolate sales in the United States. Unfortunately, most of the Easter candy American children will enjoy is harvested by children in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. These countries collectively supply over 70% of the world’s cocoa sold to consumers by the major chocolate brands, and most of it is harvested with child labor. I know this because I have been researching child slavery in West African cocoa production for over twenty years.
The pictures below include child laborers on a cocoa plantation, including young girls. Also shown are the bags used to collect and ship cocoa beans, clearly indicating in this case that they are destined for Cargill, as well as a weighing station where bags of cocoa are sorted for Cargill.
Below are some of the photos taken during our fact-finding mission to Cote D'Ivoir. Pictured are trafficked children from Mali between the ages of 8 and 14, working on a cocoa plantation. This plantation in particular supplies Cocoa to Nestle. These young boys used sharp machetes to clear brush and harvest cocoa pods.
Linked below are the key briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in Doe v. Nestle. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on December 1st, 2020.
The Supreme Court briefs are attached below.
Linked below is the Nestle Plaintiffs' March 2, 2020 proffer to Jeffrey B. Wall, Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States.