No. 8: Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast is a source and destination country for enslaved women and children, and recent civil conflict has put more children at risk for forced labor. The country is also the world's leading producer of cocoa, and many children are subjected to the worst forms of servitude in this sector. A 2010 government report estimated that more than 30,000 children were forced laborers in rural areas, while another 600,000 to 800,000 children work on small family-owned farms.
Above, a little girl in a bus at the border between Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in Februrary 2008. Hundreds of children are sent by their parents, too poor to feed them, across borders to learn the Quran. But Quranic masters sometimes send them to beg all day instead. If they do not come back with enough money, they are beaten up and are not allowed to eat. These trafficked children are called "talibes."
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