Modern-day slavery is everywhere - you probably come into contact with it every day in these household items. Series of animations for CNN Freedom Project - #MyFreedomDay
Animated by Mighty Elk
The secret inside your cell phone
Most of the world's cobalt comes from The Democratic Republic of Congo, in Africa. 40,000 children are thought to work in mines in the Congo, making between $1 and $2 a day. A recent investigation found children as young as seven collecting, sorting and cleaning mineral ores for 10 to 24 hours straight. They are exposed to dust that can lead to lung disease, and some are beaten by security guards.
The dark ingredient in your chocolate
Most of the world's cocoa beans are grown on small farms in West Africa, including the Ivory Coast. It’s estimated that more than 100,000 children work in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, in the worst forms of child labor. Harvesting cocoa is a way of life for many families in the region, but in some cases children are held against their will, and mistreated if they try to leave. The big chocolate companies say they are working to solve the problem, but with many families living in poverty, children remain easy prey for traffickers.
The uncomfortable truth about your clothes
Most of the world’s cotton is grown in countries that use child labor or forced labor – where people are made to work against their will. An example is India -- the world’s second-biggest cotton grower. Many children work in its cotton industry. They can work up to 12 hours a day in extreme temperatures, carrying heavy loads and exposed to pesticides. And the problem isn’t just in growing cotton -- the world’s biggest clothes-exporting nations use child labor or forced labor in their clothing industry.
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