The Lost Boys: Inside Football’s Slave Trade

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From South America and Africa, kids as young as thirteen are leaving poverty-stricken families for new lives in Europe, having been sold a vision of untold riches in professional soccer. This is soccer's slave trade--the beautiful game turned ugly.

Talent-spotted by scouts, these kids are told they could be “the next big thing.” But the reality is very different. Having spent their family's life savings to join a much-hyped academy, they soon discover the academies barely exist and that they have been exploited. Only a tiny percentage of the hopefuls are chosen just to be coached for the slim chance of a professional contract; the rest are abandoned. With no money to go home--let alone the confidence to face their heartbroken families--these “Lost Boys” find themselves stuck in the country to which they have been trafficked, with crime often their only means of survival.

Lost Boys exposes for the first time the anatomy of soccer's human-trafficking scandal, the extent of the abuse, and the ways in which it ruins lives and threatens the credibility of the sport. With unique access to a charity trying to rescue and repatriate the children and a special investigative unit set up to stem the problem, Ed Hawkins dives into one of the most serious and heartrending issues in sports today.

Lost Boys is investigative journalism at its best: shocking, moving, and hoping to make a real difference.

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Ed Hawkins is an award-winning sports journalist. He has been named the Sports Journalists Association's Sports Betting Writer of the Year twice. His previous book, Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2013 Book of the Year. He lives in France.

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"Ed Hawkins has dug under the surface to reveal an even seedier side to the beautiful game." ―Weekend Sport

"Shocks in its revelation of how many are complicit." ―Ian Herbert, The Independent

"Four star review." ―FourFourTwo

"In The Lost Boys . . . investigative journalist Ed Hawkins exposes how poverty-stricken children as young as 13 from South America and Africa are sold a vision of untold riches in Europe’s professional soccer leagues." ―Publishers Weekly

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