LexisNexis and STOP THE TRAFFIK launch their report on the shocking link between chocolate and human trafficking

'Dark chocolate' investigates the media attention relating to human trafficking and the global cocoa supply chain.

Dark Chocolate

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'Dark Chocolate' focuses on the 476 English language articles identified in the Nexis database since May 2010 directly relating to human trafficking and the global cocoa supply chain. Representing a tiny fraction of the total volume of articles within the Nexis database, these articles provide insight into the media coverage of this shocking issue. 265 articles referenced the issue of children working in the cocoa industry in the Ivory Coast, Ghana & Nigeria – three of the world's largest cocoa producing economies. NGOs and other campaigning groups continue to drive significant awareness of this issue with 38% of articles referencing the role of the eleven leading campaigns and NGOs.

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Does media reporting of forced labour reflect reality?

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) commissioned this paper as part of its programme on forced labour, which aims to contribute to reducing such labour in the UK.

Analysis of 2,770 media articles captured by LexisNexis in 2012 found 263 victims of forced labour and human trafficking were identified by the UK media in Britain last year. The press identified significantly fewer victims than the official figures. The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) found 1,186 potential victims of forced labour and trafficking in 2012.

Gaps in newspaper reporting often reflect gaps in law enforcement; the sources of articles are often court cases or tip-offs from the police or other officials.

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Additional Resources

  • Human Trafficking Handbook This unique collection of original essays seeks to meet that need by bringing together for the first time expert perspectives from a wide range of key participants in the struggle against human trafficking in the United Kingdom. Edited and collated by award-winning human rights barrister Parosha Chandran, this precedent-setting text assembles the views of specialist lawyers, local authorities, doctors, non-governmental organisations, police officers and prosecutors as it surveys the major themes of human trafficking, ranging from domestic servitude to sexual and labour exploitation, and also carefully examines the impact of trafficking upon its victims. For further details please visit www.lexisnexis.co.uk/humantrafficking.
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The LexisNexis Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ data model highlights emerging trends and patterns of awareness within and across national borders. Activists working to combat human trafficking can use this information to highlight and raise awareness to inform their efforts and gain greater understanding of the news.

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Originally broadcast on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

In the case of R v L and others, the Court of Appeal considered child trafficking for exploitation purposes following the coming into force of the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

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