Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK as a child - BBC News

In the past, Farah said he came to the U.K. from Somalia with his parents, but that was never true. At the age of eight or nine years old, he said he was taken to stay with a family Djibouti and then to taken to the U.K. by a woman who told him that he would be staying with relatives. In reality, he was given fake travel documents and the name of another child, Mohamed Farah. He was then taken to a London home and told to do housework.

From the Associated Press:

The woman took him to an apartment in west London where he was forced to care for her children, Farah said. He wasn’t allowed to go to school until he was 12.

“I wasn’t treated as part of the family,” Farah said. “If I wanted food in my mouth, my job was to look after those kids — shower them, cook for them, clean for them.”


Granted citizenship in the U.K. in 2000, Farah represented Great Britain in three straight Summer Olympics starting in Beijing in 2008. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Farah won gold in the 5,000 meter and the 10,000 meter races.

In 2017, he was granted knighthood by Queen Elizabeth.