who do you propose to be charge of this consumer education ? the govt? dont make me laugh.I agree with you completely. Slavery must be a better option for these people or they would not choose it.
However, it turns out that most of the children who are choosing slavery are under the false impression that they might just get lucky and actually get paid by the farmers to work on the farms. So they take their chances because they are so desperate. They are actually indentured slaves, meaning that the farmers pay a middle-man for the child, then the child must first work off the amount the farmer paid for them before the child is paid. In the end, the child is rarely paid anything because the farmer is being forced to accept such a low price for the beans, so they end up with no money left over to pay the children workers.
Some of these children have heard stories (probably untrue) of other children who left home to work on a cocoa farm and came back home a few years later with a shiny new bicycle. These stories spread throughout the cities surrounding Cote d'Ivoire and fill the children with false hope.
So their choice is ill-informed. They are desperate and starving, and strike out at the age of 10 or 11 to make money for their starving families.
Concerning consumer education, you say their are many free ways to educate consumers, and there are. However, don't you think that the corporations would drown out anyone trying to inform consumers about their options and their buying power? The corporations have lots of money to throw around.
I'm still trying to develop a thesis. I would like to argue that a free market plus effective consumer education would help countries like Africa and other third world countries who have valuable resources.