Olympic star, Sir Mo Farah has revealed that he was trafficked to the UK and forced to work as a domestic servant.
Farah who spoke to the BBC says that he was given the name Mohamed Farah by his traffickers further revealing that his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin.
According to the documentary by the BBC, Farah was aged nine when he was trafficked and was forced to look after another family’s children.
When they arrived in the UK, the woman took him to her flat in Hounslow, west London, and took a piece of paper off him that had his relatives’ contact details on.
“Right in front of me, she ripped it up and put it in the bin. At that moment, I knew I was in trouble,” he says.
Sir Mo says he had to do housework and childcare “if I wanted food in my mouth”. He says the woman told him: “If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything.”
He was then enrolled at the Feltham Community College at the age of 12.
“The only language he seemed to understand was the language of PE and sport,” said his PE teacher Sir Alan Watkinson.
Sir Mo says sport was a lifeline for him as “the only thing I could do to get away from this [living situation] was to get out and run”.
He eventually confided in Mr Watkinson about his true identity, his background, and the family he was being forced to work for.
The PE teacher contacted social services and helped Sir Mo to be fostered by another Somali family.
“I still missed my real family, but from that moment everything got better,” Sir Mo says
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