On arrival in the UK, they were met at the airport by the woman’s husband, Sir Mo said, and went to a house in Hounslow, west London.
He had contact details for his relatives written on a piece of paper but “the lady took it off me and right in front of me ripped it up and put it in the bin, and at that moment I knew I was in trouble.”
Recalling his time in the house, Sir Mo said: “When the man was around, I was treated very differently, but often we wouldn’t see him for weeks. From day one, what the lady did wasn’t right. I wasn’t treated as part of the family.
“If I wanted food in my mouth, my job was to look after those kids, shower them, cook for them, clean for them, and she said, ‘If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything or they will take you away.’
“Often I would just lock myself in the bathroom and cry.”
He attended secondary school at Feltham Community College where he told his PE teacher, Alan Watkinson, of his situation and his true identity.
The school informed social services and Sir Mo was placed with Kinsi Farah, the mother of a school friend. He remained with her for seven years, and said he was happy there.
When Sir Mo was 14-years-old and a promising athlete, he was selected to represent English schools in Europe and needed documentation to travel abroad.