Sufiah Yusof

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Sufiah Yusof (born 1984) is a British mathematics prodigy originally from Malaysia.

Early life and education[edit]

Sufiah Yusof first made headlines in 1997 when she gained entry into St Hilda's College, Oxford to study mathematics at the age of 13.[1][2]

In 2000, she disappeared from her university for over two weeks, prompting a widely publicised police search.[3]


In 2001, she ran away from her student flat in Oxford, after taking her final examination paper for the academic year.[4] She was found working as a waitress in a Bournemouth Internet café two weeks later, but refused to return home, alleging that her parents made life difficult for her at home[5] and complaining of physical and emotional abuse. (Her older brother also later alleged abuse by their father towards the children.)[6]) She stayed with a foster family instead.

Yusof married a trainee lawyer from Oxford; their marriage ended after 13 months. At the time, she was working as an administrative assistant for a construction company.

In March 2008, she was discovered working as a prostitute,[6] and was quoted as saying that "I have a nice life and I am in control" and that she had no regrets.[7]

A UK Islamic organization later stated that she had left prostitution.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Sufiah's mother, Halimaton, is Malaysian while her father, Farouk, is a Pakistani. Her parents, who now reside in the UK, have been described as devout Muslims

She now blogs on media issues at her personal website called the Inquiring Feminist.[9]

[10][11] She is a citizen of the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ Andrew Marshall (17 February 2003). "Small Wonders". Time. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Oxford place for girl, 12". The Times. 13 January 1997. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Missing prodigy found safe". BBC News. 2000-07-06. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ Oliver Wright (3 July 2000). "Teenage girl prodigy goes missing after Oxford exams". The Times. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Alfred Lee (8 July 2000). "Police find runaway prodigy in London hotel". The Straits Times. 
  6. ^ a b "Sufiah Yusof - child genius revealed as prostitute". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-04-01. 
  7. ^ Sufiah Yusof: No regrets on being callgirl, like Pretty Woman, The Daily Telegraph, 8 April 2008.
  8. ^ Sufiah swaps prostitution for social work, The Star Online, 3 December 2008.
  9. ^ Inquiring Feminist
  10. ^ Sufiah a social worker
  11. ^ "Missing prodigy found safe". BBC News. 2000-07-06. Retrieved 2012-02-13.