A terrible case of human trafficking shakes Portugal


Portugal is in shock. Forty-seven young footballers, including thirty-six minors, were indeed rescued by the Portuguese police during a dragnet launched on Monday against a human trafficking network linked to a training center in the north of Portugal. Information disclosed by theAFP which specifies that the victims, originating from countries of Africa, Asia and South America, were placed in institutions under state protection.

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It should be noted that as part of this operation called El Dourado, two Portuguese and five companies were indicted. Among those arrested, we find in particular Mario Costa, one of the managers of the Bsports academy and president of the general assembly of the Portuguese football league, a post from which he resigned on Wednesday, claiming moreover not to have committed no illegality. For his part, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, Joao Paulo Correia, affirmed that the government would “take measures” to fight against this type of human trafficking…

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