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Being an international football player is every little boys dream. Especially in Africa, boys are encouraged to pursue a career in football in order to escape poverty. The documentary film “Black Diamond Fools Gold” shows how dishonest organizations abuse boys and their families in Ghana and Ivory Coast, in order to make a profit. By promising the boys trainings, contracts and transfers, they lure boys and family members into giving big sums of money. The boys are put on a plane, but they wonât be signed by European clubs.
The coaches and managers of organizations such as ASPIRE lure the boys and their families into paying for a transfer to an European football club. However, there is no transfer or contract waiting for the boys, only misery. This act is often referred to as a serious crime, linked to human trafficking and modern day slavery. FIFA has taken a firm stand against these practices.