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Human Rights Group Sues Three U.S. Firms

July 16, 2005|From Reuters

A human rights group has sued three U.S. companies in federal court in Los Angeles to force them to step up efforts to end child labor on African farms that supply cocoa beans used to make chocolate products.

The International Labor Right Fund filed suit against Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Cargill Inc., claiming the companies are involved in trafficking, torture and forced labor of Mali children enslaved to work on Ivory Coast farms.

The companies declined to comment on the suit, which claims the children were beaten and forced to work 12 to 14 hours a day with no pay and little food or sleep.

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