Mission 89 is a research, education, and advocacy organization that fights the exploitation of young athletes through social and economic transformation
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children are smuggled across borders and sold as commodities, including promising young footballers trafficked by sham agents promising fame and an escape route from a cycle of poverty.
"When a guy claiming to be a player agent turned up in town, driving a big car, saying he knew a lot of important people, and saying had taken other young players to Europe, well, it was difficult to ignore what he said..."
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Mission 89 aims to empower those most vulnerable to exploitation and counter the widespread belief that migration is the only solution that young footballers have to break out of economic uncertainty.