GWU to host documentary on child labor
The Gardner-Webb University Office of Community Engagement will present a screening of the documentary “Dark Side of Chocolate” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. in the Time Warner Cable Movie Theatre located in the Tucker Student Center.
The documentary follows a team of journalists as they investigate the impacts human trafficking and child labor on the Ivory Coast. According to Corp Watch, the cocoa plantations in Ghana and the Ivory Coast fuel the worldwide chocolate industry as they provide 80 percent of the world with chocolate.
Featuring hidden camera footage that shows the true world of cocoa plantations, the documentary includes interviews with proponents and opponents of these alleged practices of exploiting and the use of slave trading of African children to harvest chocolate.
Educating students that the cocoa they eat in popular chocolates often involves the mistreatment of children is a main focus of this screening.
“Students should realize that every dollar that they spend really can impact the world,” said Stephanie Capps, Gardner-Webb University’s Community Engagement Coordinator. “When they choose to buy Hershey’s or Nestle, they are supporting a system that enslaves children everyday. There are other options out there and they should become educated about what goes on in the world.”
Free fairly-traded chocolate will be available for those who attend. For more information on this event, contact Stephanie Capps at 704-406-2135.
Gardner-Webb media relations contributed to this report