LONDON – The London Metropolitan Police Service has opened an investigation into four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah revealed he was trafficked to the UK as a child.
The investigation comes after Farah, 39, said in a documentary that a woman she did not know brought him to the UK when she was about 8 years old and forced him to take care of her children. He said he couldn’t go to school until he was 12 years old.
In the documentary, produced by the BBC and Red Bull Studios, Farah said her real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin. He said he was taken to Britain using fake travel documents that included his image along with the name of Mohammed Farah, the name under which he won four Olympic gold medals and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
“We are aware of media reports about Sir Mo Farah. No reports have been submitted to the MPS at this time,” the police department said in a statement. “Specialized officers have opened an investigation and are currently evaluating the available information.”
Farah said earlier that she moved to Britain with her parents as a Somali refugee. But in the documentary, he said his parents never came to the UK
Her father was shot dead during the riots in Somalia when Farah was 4 years old, according to the film. Her mother and two siblings live on the family farm in Somaliland, a separatist region of Somalia that is not internationally recognized.
Farah said in the documentary that physical education teacher Alan Watkinson helped him obtain British citizenship under the name Mohamed Farah.
The British government has said it will not take action against Farah for any possible violation of immigration laws.
Farah said she was proud to have represented Britain as an athlete, but that her “most proud achievement will always be being the husband and father of my amazing family”.
“I made this documentary for them, so they could understand more about the experiences that led us to become the family we are today,” she said in a social media post. “Not all kids will have the easiest start in life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t keep realizing their dreams.”
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