Lots of money, extreme poverty, ignorance and innocence. Bring these together and the situation is ripe for the exploitation of the poor, ignorant and innocent by the unscrupulous. That is exactly what has been happening in the Dominican Republic with their baseball academies. As the facts are revealed, the one big question is how far the criminal behavior goes.
It will be interesting to see what if any rules changes MLB will adopt to keep this thievery from happening in the future. Given there is no draft for Dominican players, or any players from outside the US, perhaps this will induce MLB to implement one.