Calls for charity against human trafficking in the UK have increased by 20% since Sir Mo Farah revealed in a documentary that he was trafficked to the UK as a child.
The four-time Olympic champion, 39, revealed in the BBC documentary The Real Mo Farah how he was illegally brought to Britain from Somalia for taking the name of another child, after when his father was killed in the civil war.
The charity told the BBC it had seen a 20% increase in calls and a 15% increase in total contacts since the report was aired earlier this month.
The charity’s director Justine Carter told the broadcaster that some callers had explicitly mentioned Sir Mo as a reminder to reach out.
“It shows us that these kinds of famous stories really have an impact on the public, and it resonates with people who may have discovered something related or may have been in a relationship. similar situation to Sir Mo and the story he told the BBC,” she said.
“People feel very alone and isolated when they are themselves in that situation, so knowing that someone else has been a victim of this type of crime – and is still suffering from all of that experience. the experience they went through as children – I think that’s really important. “
It shows us that these kinds of famous stories really have an impact on the publicUnseen’s British director Justine Carter
In the documentary, Sir Mo said he was helped by gym teacher Alan Watkinson at school to get UK citizenship, while still using the name Mohamed Farah.
Before the show aired, Sir Mo said he created the documentary for his family.
He wrote on Instagram: “I am so proud to have represented the UK and achieved what I have as a GB athlete.
“But, my proudest achievement will always be being a husband and father to my wonderful family.
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“I made this documentary for them, so they can understand more about the experiences that have made us the family we are today.
“Not every child will have the easiest start in life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t continue to achieve their dreams.
“I hope you all watch later and I can’t wait to hear what you think.”
The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the trafficking claims, while the Home Office confirmed it will not take action against Sir Mo.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/calls-to-trafficking-helpline-up-20-after-sir-mo-farah-documentary-41864547.html Calls to human trafficking helpline increase 20% after documentary Sir Mo Farah