We all strongly desire expensive products at cheap cost, leading us to shop at major retailers such as Walmart of Costco, that offer merchandise and products at a great cost. Most of us don’t think about why the product is as cheap as it is, and how the big box corporations make their money from such cheap prices. Unfortunately, the cost of a great discount is rather great in terms of ethics and morale. What is even harder to swallow is the fact that some of most basic and common products come from worlds of corruption, slave labor, and harsh discipline procedures that make any humanitarian sick. However, because these products are so common and in such high demand, it is hard to take a step back and stop the use of these things, regardless of the damage we know it is causing.
Heartbreakingly enough, chocolate is on this list. Cocoa beans mostly come from the Ivory Coast, and unfortunately it is a location where slave labor runs rampant where children under the age of 10 are forced to carry unbearable loads onto their backs. So, next time you take a bite out of your chocolate bar, take a moment to reflect on where it came from. The cocoa harvesting industry has caused numerous reports of children being abducted or going missing completely.
Next time you go looking for your next set of tires, be aware as to whether the rubber came from Liberia or not. Many of the former fighters from Liberia’s civil war became plantation owners and use slaves to cut down the trees and produce rubber in factories, which is why their products can be sold at such cheap costs. From prisoners of war and children, these plantation and factory owners have created quite a big business venture at the expense of other human beings.
If you have ever seen the movie, “Blood Diamond”, you are probably aware of just how corrupted the diamond mining business is. Using mainly child laborers, these kids work in fear everyday as they are watched over by armed guards with guns, and they live with a very real fear of getting shot. Seven third world countries around the world participate in this heinous act. Worker conditions are deplorable, and often lead to painful lung diseases. Coffee is also created from child slave labor, and the practice is conducted in several countries from Colombia and the Ivory Coast.
Tobacco is another area where families in countries, such as Kazakhstan, work long hours for just pennies a day for 13 hours. Children are often working in the fields for long hours and getting physically injured from harvesting the tobacco plants, results in cuts on their hands and abdomen, which will usually get infected not too long after.
Also, if you have ever used an electronic, companies such as Apple have been under fire lately for exporting to companies overseas where they will force their employees to work over 100 hours per week in uncomfortable conditions where they can’t sit comfortably as well as being subject to humiliation tactics in order to get their work done efficiently.
Unfortunately, for the rest of this video, it only gets worse from there. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide for yourself whether to continue to buy these products and contribute to the problem. Is it time for you to use your voice and speak out?