An organization in Africa estimates that up to 15,000 young African soccer players are victims of human trafficking each year.
The Culture Foot Solidaire reported that human trafficking agents approach players families and tells them that their son earn lucrative contracts in Europe. The agent usually presents a fake business card that bears the logo of European Football clubs. In exchange, the agent tells the family that he will represent the player for a fee of $13,400 (€10,000).
The players are taken by the agents to Europe or Asia and are simply abandoned there.
Source: Brian Homewood, “Trafficking of young African players still rampant,” Reuters, November 8, 2013.