Lives for Sale is an engaging display looking at the contemporary trade in child labour and asks what can we do to help end human trafficking?
Focusing on the darker side of chocolate and the children whose lives revolve around it, not from eating it, but because they’re tricked into working on cocoa plantations, for minimal wages and in appalling conditions.
The display is organised in association with STOP THE TRAFFIK Campaign who estimate that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year, with thousands ending up on cocoa farms. STOP THE TRAFFIK has been visiting schools in London to spread the message about chocolate production and see what children think about it.
Organisations like the Fairtrade Foundation help to promote products that have been made without using trafficked labour by giving them a special logo to put on the packaging. Chocolate that carries the fair-trade symbol is made without using ‘trafficked’ workers. Buying it sends a message to chocolate companies that you would rather pay a little more for your chocolate and know it has been produced fairly.
Lives for Sale is the first in a new series of displays at the V&A Museum of Childhood that will explore some of the more challenging aspects of contemporary childhood.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
Open daily: 10.00 – 17.45, last admission 17.30
For more information:
Visit our entry in Museums on the Museum of Childhood