Some reports claims that more than 15,000 trafficked players enter Europe every year. Inspired by the glamour of Europe’s top leagues and cajoled by agents who tell them they can be the next big star, these children from Africa leave their families for the football pitches of England, Spain, France and Germany to make their fortune.
But the dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Instead of promised on-field battles for the big European clubs, they are faced with a fight for survival. The challenge is not to break into the Starting XI, but to find something to eat, somewhere to sleep.
Unintentionally they have become football’s filthy little secret. Victims of football’s version of human trafficking; a slave trade which breaks up families, ships children to foreign cities and abandons them, all for the quest for money.