UK opens inquiry into Farah trafficking revelations

Olympic champion Mo Farah's revelation that he was trafficked to the U.K. as a child has led to an investigation by London police.



July 14, 2022 - 2:45 PM

Mo Farah (25) won the 10,000 meter race at the 2016 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene on Friday, May 27. Pete Christopher/Staff Photo by TNS FILE PHOTO

LONDON (AP) — London’s Metropolitan Police Service has opened an investigation into four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah’s revelation that he was trafficked to the U.K. as a child.

The inquiry comes after Farah, 39, said in a documentary that a woman he didn’t know brought him to the U.K. when he was about 8 years old and forced him to care for her children. He said he wasn’t allowed to go to school until he was 12.

In the documentary, produced by the BBC and Red Bull Studios, Farah said his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin. He said he was brought to Britain using fake travel documents that included his picture alongside the name Mohammed Farah, the name under which he won four Olympic gold medals and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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