A recent BBC piece, dated 29 November 2016, (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38129536 examines the plight of African footballers. The BBC reports that:
The International Federation of Professional Footballers (Fifpro), a trade union of sorts, has conducted a global survey of nearly 14,000 professional footballers in 54 countries – the largest ever undertaken.
Over 3,000 of the players who took part in the survey are from 13 African countries: Botswana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.
Results of the survey show that African footballers are victims of physical abuse (including sexual abuse), poor pay, and almost non-existent job security. Football is a part of the global economy, one that separates the global North from the global South. In this exchange it is inevitably the global South that gets exploited, and this is why the issue of African footballers needs to be addressed. Some people might not have agreed with my earlier post, explaining why human trafficking affects (male) African footballers and (female) eastern-European sex workers alike, but this recent survey might change some minds. I hope it does, since the BBC released a similar story about African football and trafficking in 2011 which—judging by the current state of affairs—was mere lip service; nothing has changed in five years. Only our awareness to current events can “change” things, not the promises of corporate or political leaders.