The Ivory Coast produces more than 40 percent of the worldâs chocolate, making it a mecca for human traffickers who pay as little as $50 to buy a child and transport him over the border to work at a plantation. Mistrati doesnât lay all the blame at the feet of the traffickers and plantation owners. International corporations including Nestle, Mars and Barry Callebaut signed an agreement in 2001 promising to eradicate child labor in the cocoa industry by the year 2008. Three years after the deadline, few changes have been made and thousands more children have been victimized.
The screening is presented by the Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition. 7 p.m. Copperfield Church, 8350 Highway 6 North. For information, call 713-874-0290 or visit www.houstonrr.org. Free.
Tue., Sept. 13, 2011