Many of the boys have paid 3000-4000 Euros [$4,084-$5,445] for visas and plane tickets to so-called agents that have duped them into believing that a club contract is waiting for them. The money has often been scraped together by the boys’ extended families in the hope that a football contract will solve all their economic problems. When the plan falls through the boys are too ashamed or scared to go home and end up trapped in France without any means of subsistence.With a politician exposing 442 cases in Belgium "alone of illegal importation of young players from Nigeria," the problem seems more widespread than I had imagined. The next step falls to the European Parliament who have expressed a desire to stop the trafficking and to set up a fund to help those currently stuck in Europe without any prospects.
Their aim is to have something in place by the time the South African World Cup rolls around. I'm not holding my breath.
Prevention programme proposed to stop football trafficking [Play the Game]