October 7, 2020. Child laborers have been rescued by police from cocoa plantations in Côte d'Ivoire. The owners were arrested.
“We conducted this operation this morning in the two major cocoa-producing cities, “ Police Commissioner Luc Zaka said.
The children were shelling cocoa pods.
In December 2019 Ivorian police rescued more than a hundred children from cocoa plantations during a similar operation in the east of the country.
More than one million children work illegally on cocoa plantations in Côte d'Ivoire, a figure that has been rising steadily over the last decade.
Cocoa is used for the manufacture of chocolate, drinking chocolate and other chocolate drinks.