Latest Issue

Book Review: The Lost Boys—Inside Football’s Slave Trade by Ed Hawkins

By Chris Tilbury   February 2016

Bloomsbury, £18.99

UnknownFor more than a decade, Fifa, football’s governing body, has been embroiled in a scandal that has damaged the sport and seen Sepp Blatter, its President, and Michel Platini, the head of European football, suspended from footballing activity for eight years. Now Fifa has a new challenge and it comes in the form of underage boys, mainly from Africa and with dreams of playing for Europe’s top clubs, being smuggled into southern Europe by “unscrupulous agents and grasping scouts.”

Told that he was going…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect