An author who has been a victim of sex trafficking hopes that Sir Mo Farah’s announcement that he was trafficked into the country as a child will help male victims “move forward”.
The four-time Olympic champion said in the BBC documentary The Real Mo Farah that he was trafficked into the UK at the age of nine from Somaliland, and that his real name was Hussein Abdi Kahin.
He has been praised for sharing his story and one victim of sex trafficking has said his revelation may encourage other men to open up about similar experiences.
I think, with him in such high form, it helps a lot of men to move forward because I don’t see that much. I think that will make a differenceCaitlin Spencer
Caitlin Spencer, an alias and no personal details to protect her identity, wrote the book Please Let Me Go in 2017 about her experiences as a victim of sex trafficking.
She told the PA news agency: “I think, with him in such high form, it helps a lot of men come forward because I don’t see much of that.
“I think that will make a difference.”
Ms. Spencer says she has been regularly trafficked for sex since the age of 14, and it started happening in her early 30s.
She ran into a man looking for a model, whom she called, and that’s how she was “recruited there”.
“He went to my parents’ house, took pictures of me naked and he used it as a blackmail,” she said.
“He said if I didn’t do what he told me, he would tell my parents.
“It’s hard to explain how it makes you feel – it’s scary.”
She added that it is not easy to go public about the trade.
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“I talked about it a lot — I wrote a book, I spoke in Congress, I did interviews,” she said.
“So I can talk about it pretty easily now. At first, I didn’t want to talk about it with anyone. It comes with time”.
Ms Spencer added that Sir Mo’s gym teacher, Alan Watkinson, had “made the difference his whole life” as he “goes above and beyond” to help get Sir Mo a citizenship Older brother.
The long-distance runner confided in Mr Watkinson about his plight, when his teacher applied for British citizenship, which Sir Mo described as a “long process”.
On 25 July 2000, he was recognized as a British Citizen.
Charities have shared messages of support for the Olympic hero and also praised the teacher who helped him.
By being identified as a victim of human trafficking as a child and provided with stability and support to thrive, Sir Mo went on to become a four-time Olympic gold medalist and knighted by the Queen. doctor.Human trafficking organization
The Anti-Trafficking Foundation told PA: “In Sir Mo’s experience, it was a teacher who recognized the signs of abuse, highlighting the importance of knowing the signs of human trafficking and how to respond.
“By being identified as a victim of human trafficking as a child and provided with stability and support to thrive, Sir Mo is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and knighted by the Queen.
“If every victim of human trafficking were provided with safe immigration status and long-term support, I wonder what they could achieve.”
The group added that “a victim of human trafficking takes a lot of courage and we applaud Mr. Mo’s courage” in raising awareness about slavery in the family.
Save the Children UK, to whom Sir Mo has been an ambassador since 2017, said he was “extremely proud” for sharing his story.
In a tweet, the charity said: “We are extremely proud that Sir @Mo_Farah bravely shared his heartbreaking story of how he was trafficked to the UK as a child. small.
“Since becoming our ambassador in 2017, he has campaigned tirelessly to protect children’s rights.
“His story highlights the reality for millions of children trafficked around the world. We urge the UK government to respect and uphold the rights of all children, wherever they come to the UK”.
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