I know that sports and human trafficking cross paths, but I never thought I would see something like this.
It turns out, many soccer players have been trafficked from Africa!
Can you imagine?
In the Western world, finding yourself signed to a sporting contract is like a dream come true, but for some African athletes, it’s a story of broken promises and abuse.
So how many players are we talking about?
“FIFPro, which has investigated the case for four months and which helped release 17 of the 23 players three months ago, said in a statement it “suspects this case is not one of its kind, but probably the tip of the iceberg”.”
So while the numbers may be the “tip of the iceberg,” it’s still nothing compared to other forms of trafficking.
However, if FIFA can begin to crack down and take a stand against child trafficking within its own jurisdiction, it speaks volumes of how much trafficking will not be tolerated.
I hope FIFA does that right thing with this and acts on behalf of these young men.
You can read the full story from the BBC.