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(TreeHugger)   Not to piss all over your Easter Eggs, but there's a good chance the chocolate bunny you look forward to eating every year was crafted by child slave labor   ( divider line 13
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2013-03-30 10:57:17 AM  
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2013-03-30 12:37:57 PM  
2 votes:
Not to sound like a callous SOB here, but in many nations that use 'child slave labor' the average citizen can't afford to be like us.

It's kinda hard to get more than basic stuff when you make maybe $10 -- $20 a day.

Yeah, the local corporation owners take advantage of things. Less labor expenses mean more money for them, but, then again, the same thing happens here. Look at the CEO's with their Golden Parachutes and billionaire owners making roughly $5000 an hour in comparison to the basic employee pulling a 39 hour week (39 so the company doesn't have to pay overtime or insurance) at minimum wage.

In the majority of these 'slave labor' nations, the kids are put to work to help support their families. Their governments ignore things like child labor laws because they do not view human life or rights as we do.

They draw in economical interest from the US and other major nations by offering cheap goods in bulk, which means more profit for the buyers.

So, the major companies flock there to buy their goods. Increase the cost by getting rid of 'slave labor' and the buyers will go elsewhere, leaving thousands of families without enough income to survive.

You can see such examples through China, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

We don't draft kids into the military for wars. Africa and the Middle East do. Actually, they kind of grab them up and force them.

The Vietcong, backed by Communist China, developed the 'child bomb' along with wiring up cute, young women to approach US soldiers. The IRA brought blowing up civilian women and children to nearly an art with their infamous satchel bombs.

Not everyone considers children to be precious or a gift.

That candy bunny made by shild slave labor might mean the difference between that foreign kid's family having a bit of meat with their rice some nights or not. Maybe having some medications or even fresh water.

You can't change things until you change the attitude of the businesses and the local populations. In many third world nations, life is cheap and the populations far too great for their land to support. Then you get the age old sexist traditions tossed in, followed by archaic religious beliefs and a mess of superstitions and things get nasty.

Plus, these nations are mainly supported by the very companies who employ child slave labor which sell goods to the US so you can buy a shirt for $6.00 instead of $12.00.

It's a nasty cycle and there's not much that can actually be done about it. Efforts to change things can often result in more harm to the basic worker than anyone else.
2013-03-30 11:22:02 AM  
2 votes:
2013-03-30 10:58:26 AM  
2 votes:
Or, you could just go buy your chocolate rabbits from a local chocolatier. You can find one in most downtowns. And I trust having someone who is willing to show you their whole operation a hell of a lot more than relying on "organic!" "fair trade!" labels. I mean, people who exclusively rely on labels often miss out on a lot... like the fact that their organic potatoes were sprayed with so much cyanide that the field could not be entered by a human for 4 days after spraying. Because, you know, cyanide is an "organic" pesticide.
2013-03-30 01:55:41 PM  
1 votes:
I thought it was the power of Jesus that made chocolate bunnies?
2013-03-30 01:30:54 PM  
1 votes:
(The school psychologist) gives me a chocolate Easter bunny. And this shows how tricky those guys are. I eat the chocolate and I think, wait a second... this isn't around Easter.

"Was this a test?"

He said, "Yes."

"And what does it mean?"

He said, "Well, had you eaten the ears first you would have been normal; had you eaten the feet first you would have had an inferiority complex; had you eaten the tail first you would have had latent homosexual tendencies; and had you eaten the breasts first you would have had a latent oedipal complex."

I said, "Well, go on. What does it mean when you bite out the eyes and scream, 'Stop staring at me!'?'"

He says, "It shows you've a tendency towards self-destruction."

I said, "What do you recommend?"

He says, "Go for it!"
2013-03-30 12:09:20 PM  
1 votes:

SquiggsIN: Chocolate is hardly the only thing produced with slave labor (as above discussed) but for some reason we still keep buying precious metals and gems, electronics, chocolate etc because AMERICANS DON'T CARE what else on the planet they effect so long as we get what we want.  Of course, this will eventually lead to a future where someone else in another country is willing to spend more than we can afford for things we need to survive because we can no longer produce the essentials for life ourselves.

Take 5 minutes and look into local sourcing today.  You might be surprised how much you can enrich your local community by spending your money near home.  Jobs, tax dollars, and community development can be next door or halfway around the world; where do you want the money going?

sorry to burst your bubble but the bulk of children receiving Easter chocolates will be gnawing on the cheapest, lowest quality Made In USA fare. better quality chocolates from around the globe are quite dear and will only be found in the homes of the well to do, foodies and gourmands.

meanwhile spend time online and find one television set that is produced in america. at best you will find one with it's enclosure or housing made domestically. there are what, two manufacturers of athletic shoes in america? the list goes on and on. the incredibly wealthy who rule the corporate world live to increase their shareholders profit margins by fractions of a cent. they ceased caring about employing their fellow countrymen a long time ago and invested heavily overseas where they could produce goods as cheaply as possible. if Made In America products were available people would purchase them.

meanwhile there are millions of people overseas who can now afford food and clothing because they have work. it isn't all slave labor, far from it. and if their governments gave one damn about the hungry unwashed of their homelands they would see to it that goods they've been exporting since long before we were born were instead used to feed their people. they could also use the millions and billions of foreign aid dollars WashDC hands out monthly to benefit the population instead of squandering it on luxurious living and hidden bank accounts. but politicians being politicians they are scumbags who only look out for their own best interests and morally bankrupt decadent plesures.

common every day American citizens aren't the dirtballs of the world you would like to believe they are. In fact we donate money to causes and charities that benefit others at home and around the globe in abundance on a daily basis. your average Joe is a good hearted hard working slob that doesn't want to hurt anybody. I can't say the same for our fearless clown shoe wearing leaders in WashDC or their masters, the rich and powerful bankers and corporate dooshbags who repeatedly are found guilty of the largest and dirtiest crimes while never serving a single day in prison.
2013-03-30 11:55:36 AM  
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2013-03-30 11:28:40 AM  
1 votes:
And i bet those kids are happy to accept that paycheck/bowl of rice. They have to start somewhere like everyone else in this world. Someday they may be influential enough to change the world for the better, or else they will own a factory and employ kiddy labor.
2013-03-30 11:05:46 AM  
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Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Shostie: I only buy organic, fair trade chocolate bunnies hand-crafted by deposed former dictators of banana republics.

Oh, so you don't mind that in order to give land to the deposed former dictators, they have to displace local artisans who are then forced to sell their children into slave labor making chocolate bunnies with lead for eyes?

Why do you hate Pinochet so?
2013-03-30 11:02:36 AM  
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2013-03-30 09:52:09 AM  
1 votes:
I only buy organic, fair trade chocolate bunnies hand-crafted by deposed former dictators of banana republics.
2013-03-30 04:02:34 AM  
1 votes:
isn't going to school considered slave labor too in your eyes?/
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