Dear Hershey’s Company,
It has come to my attention that your company utilizes child labor so that you customers can get rich, smooth, milk chocolate.
Why you do this, I don’t know. Because of you, instead of children going to school to get a good education, they are working day and night to produce your chocolate. According to “Slavery In The Chocolate Industry” by Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), “The farms of West Africa supply cocoa to international giants such as Hershey’s, Mars, and Nestle – revealing the industry’s direct connection to child labor, human trafficking and slavery.” This means that you are connected to kids being beaten, getting scars from knives, and being abused. On February 7th,2014, class 5-305 learned about this and most of the class got upset to find out that their ancestors had been making the chocolate that they love. The kids got even more upset to find out that this still happens today. I for one almost screamed to find out that one of my favorite chocolate companies uses child abuse to keep their customers. On top of that you kept it a secret so that you wouldn’t be shut down. Your lucky I’m only eleven years old, or I would become a lawyer and sew you.
How can you sleep at night when children are taken away from their families and may never see them again? Two words: Cruel and totally Selfish! Did you know that your hard working children are surrounded by really intense poverty where they could die easily? Most of these children are between the ages 12 – 16, but start working at younger ages like 7 and 6 and have been filmed working on these terrible farms. According to “Slavery In The Chocolate Industry”, “… cases have been documented in which children and adults on cocoa farms were retained against their will and forced to work.” Cases have been documented where adults and children were locked in at night to prevent them from escaping. According to “Slavery In The Chocolate Industry”, a former cocoa slave, Aly Diabetes told reporters “The beatings were a part of my life. I had seen others who tried to escape. When they tried they were severely beaten.” How would you like it if you were taken away from your families, abused, beaten, and forced to work against your own will? You wouldn’t like it right? So then why do it to sweet little kind hearted children?
To conclude, if you want to keep your business running, get rid of the children and let them free or else you will lose a lot of your customers since now they know your big dirty secret. I’ll tell my family and friends and they’ll tell their family and friends until a lot of your customers stop eating your chocolate and you’ll be forced to close down and those children will be set free. Don’t be cruel… let those children go to school.
Sincerely, Zuri Kwesi