A billion dollars of chocolate is sold for Valentines Day, much of that by Hershey's and Mars. They buy it through dealers like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargills, who buy it from equatorial cocoa growing countries. A big chunk of it comes from the Ivory Coast, where as many as 284,000 children are trafficked and enslaved to pick the crop.
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How Much Of Our Chocolate Is Tainted By Slavery? 43% of the world's chocolate is produced by the Ivory Coast, the world's largest producer.
We should note that "On 10th October 2007, major global players in the food industry initiated a programme for a more sustainable cocoa supply chain in the Ivory Coast, to improve social and environmental practices. This is a key decision that could lead to ending the trafficking of children into slavery on cocoa farms." But it has yet to be seen if this works. ::Stop the Traffic
and ::Planet Green on what you should buy instead.