“Child trafficking is the darkest and most sinister side of the beautiful game but a small step has been taken to eradicate a cancer that is gnawing at the very fabric of human decency,” says leading football website The World Game.
The World Game’s story highlights Mission 89 and the organization’s effort to bring together stakeholders and push grassroots education programs on legitimate pathways to a career in professional sport.
“The exploitation of children is a grave violation of human rights,” Mission 89 spokesperson Matthew Hall told The World Game.
“Fake football agents using fake promises to recruit young men into an underworld of illegal immigration and crime is a concern for all of us. Football should not be a platform to exploit vulnerable people.
“Mission 89 is not interested in a blame game. Instead, we want to help individuals and organisations with the authority, resources and power to address this issue head on. We want to stamp this out.
“Trafficking in football is a complex issue but the professional players across Europe have the power to make a big difference.”
Professional players have been identified as potentially playing a leading role in grassroots education programs across Africa. The story also highlights September’s meeting in Brussels that saw child trafficking in sport placed on the European Union’s political agenda.
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