Now adults, the men hope that a Los Angeles-based federal judge will allow their case to move forward. The suit, which also names Cargill Inc., chronicles graphic details of severe beatings, psychological abuse, and grueling work hours. It contends that Nestlé, the world’s largest food manufacturer, was aware of such practices but did nothing to prevent them. The six plaintiffs, taken from Mali and sold to plantations in the Ivory Coast, represent a group of more than 1 million children who work as cocoa laborers in the Ivory Coast. Some of them are as young as five years old. According to the suit, abuses range anywhere from working 14 hours a day under the surveillance of armed guards, being forced to drink urine, and having open wounds sprinkled with salt and pepper.