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Parliamentary questions
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30 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000535-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  People trafficking in football
 Answer in writing 

People trafficking in football is a reality that needs to be further studied, monitored and denounced, with a view to taking policy decisions to address this problem meaningfully and to combating organised gangs that feed off the dreams of young footballers. This trade in human beings towards Europe is often linked to money laundering, fraud and the exploitation of children. Many boys and young men, but also girls and young women, are promised professional contracts with top football teams but see these promises turn to dust, leaving them abandoned, bereft and exploited.

The existing studies on this subject do not appear to treat this phenomenon with sufficient rigour. They report that some 15 000 trafficked players enter Europe every year, although the true numbers remain shrouded in mystery. The vast majority come from Africa and South America.

1. Does the Commission have any specific data on developments in people trafficking in football, in particular how many boys, girls and young people have been victims of trafficking?

2. What specific action is being taken to address people trafficking in football?

Original language of question: PT 
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