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Cablegate: Nomination of Anti-Tip Hero Jean Claude Mbvoumin

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SUBJECT: NOMINATION OF ANTI-TIP HERO JEAN CLAUDE MBVOUMIN

REF: 08 PARIS 358

1. (U) Post nominates Jean Claude Mbvoumin as a 2008
anti-TIP hero. Mr. Mbvoumin founded and runs the Soccer
Culture Solidarity Association (Associate Culture Foot
Solidaire (CFS)), which seeks to raise awareness and combat
trafficking in young soccer players from Africa. As a former
soccer player recruited from Cameroon to play in France, Mr.
Mbvoumin was moved to take action to combat this problem,
which affects thousands of 12-18 year olds every year.
Children throughout Africa are lured to Europe by corrupt
recruiters that treat children as merchandise and fail to
abide by immigration and labor laws. Once in Europe,
recruiters often pay children a small percentage of what was
originally promised and abandon the children after they fail
to make the cut for a soccer club or injure themselves during
training.

2. (U) Mr. Mbvoumin educates European leaders and potential
recruits about the realities facing many child players that
are recruited to Europe with promises of success and riches.
CFS hosted an International Conference on Young Soccer
players in 2006 and 2007 to warn potential victims of the
realities of soccer recruiting. Mr. Mbvoumin has testified
in 2007 before the European Parliament to raise awareness of
the issue and find solutions to the problem. CFS has also
worked with the Federation of International Soccer
Associations (FIFA) to change recruiting laws to better
protect minors. With the help of the International
Organization for Migration, CFS created a welcome booklet to
be given to newly arrived soccer players. The booklet
explains labor laws and highlights social services that can
help the young players. Mr. Mbvoumin is a leader in fighting
trafficking in soccer players; we commend his efforts, which
have increased international awareness of the issue.
Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm


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