In the United States court restored a lawsuit against Nestle and Cargill on the promotion of slavery

CC BY-SA 2.0 / Tim Evanson / Albert V Bryan Federal District Courthouse — Alexandria Va — 0018 — 2012-03-10Здание court in the United States. Archival photoIn the United States court restored a lawsuit against Nestle and Cargill on the promotion of slaveryCC BY-SA 2.0 / Tim Evanson / Albert V Bryan Federal District Courthouse — Alexandria Va — 0018 — 2012-03-10

A Federal court in the United States restored the lawsuit, which was denied in the past year, a group of plaintiffs from Mali who threw him against the American branch of the Swiss manufacturer of food products and beverages Nestle and Cargill, are accused of promoting slavery on cocoa plantations in Africa, reports Bloomberg.

In the court records San Francisco six of the plaintiffs are described as former child slaves, who allegedly kidnapped and forced to work on cocoa farms for 14 hours a day without pay. Prosecutors want to prosecute the company, contributing to bad treatment and keeping them in captivity on plantations in côte D’ivoire.

According to the Agency, the lawsuit against the companies was filed about ten years ago, but last year the court denied the motion for lack of evidence.

The court stated that the company «knew» about the prevalence of child slavery in the country. «Nestle and Cargill probably turned a blind eye to this practice in order to benefit from the low prices,» the Agency said.

The branch of Nestle in the US, said after the court orders that child labour is unacceptable to the company. Cargill also rejected the accusations, notes Bloomberg.

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