As one might assume, Podolski has no known connection to human trafficking.
Not only is the picture from June of 2014, but it was taken in Santo Andre, Brazil, where the German national team took a sailing trip ahead of the World Cup, which they won.
And the man driving the jet ski is not a random human trafficking gang member, but is instead Mike Horn, a professional explorer and adventurer.
When Indy100 reached out to Breitbart for a comment, the conservative publication deflected, saying: "Humans are being trafficked, and the Indy100 is more concerned with a picture of a jet ski appearing on an AFP [Agence France-Presse] wire story on Breitbart. Just let that sink in."
It must be hard work smuggling migrants all the way from Spain to Japan on a jet ski.— Im_not_Akira (@Im_not_Akira) August 20, 2017
Apparently the news got back to Podolski, who threatened to sue Breitbart.
"A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski," a note from the editor read. "This image appeared as an illustration of a person on a jet ski. Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr. Podolski. There is no evidence Mr. Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked. We wish Mr. Podolski well in his recently announced international retirement."