Mars, Nestlé, and Hershey Won’t Promise Chocolate is Free from Child Labor

When asked this spring, representatives of some of the biggest and best-known brands — Hershey, Mars, and Nestlé — could not guarantee that any of their chocolates were produced without child labor. One reason is that nearly 20 years after pledging to eradicate child labor, chocolate companies still cannot identify the farms where all their cocoa comes from, let alone whether child labor was used in producing it.


Artificial Intelligence Is Being Used to Rescue Children from Sex Trafficking

About 150,000 new ads selling sex are posted per day in the US.  New artificial intelligence tools are being used to extracts phone numbers from ads, allowing advocates to work backward to find children from their last known number. Another tool detects and matches faces to images of missing and exploited children from open web data sources, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s register of missing children.


National Domestic Violence Hotline Had Its Busiest Year Ever

The National Domestic Violence Hotline received more than half a million calls, texts and online chats in 2018 — marking its busiest year ever. The 573,670 calls and other communications were a 36 percent increase from 2017, according to the hotline. The CEO of the hotline, Katie Ray-Jones, attributed the uptick to several major news stories but also to an evolving cultural mindset in which survivors no longer feel a need to stay silent about abuse.