Actress drugged, raped by ‘eight men’ at knife-point
BUDDING actor Frida Farrell moved to London to launch her dream career - but it turned into a nightmare when she was lured into a basement where she was drugged and brutally raped.
Then 22, the Swedish born model got chatting to a man on the street who offered her the opportunity to take part in a photoshoot for a holiday brochure.
She followed him to a five-storey building and as she entered the flat, Frida's captor slammed the door behind her, locked it and pulled out a knife.
What followed was a three day ordeal in which Frida was drugged and forced to have sex with at least eight men.
"I just froze. I remember asking to go to the toilet as I thought I was going to lose control of my bowels," she told the Huffington Post of the traumatic ordeal.
Once inside the bathroom, Frida said she tried to squeeze herself out of the laptop-sized window before remembering she was five storeys up.
She recalled thinking: "I'm not going to survive that fall and if I did I would break a lot of bones. What's worse, the knife or the fall?"
Frida decided to stay. She remembers her captor offering her a glass of milk which she knew was spiked with drugs.
"I just looked at him and knew he had, and he knew that I knew, but I just thought I'm going to drink it. I don't want to feel the knife, I'd rather just drink it," she said.
Frida was then ordered to put on some used underwear before she passed out.
Over the next 72 hours she was held in a small, basement flat with barred windows while male customers came and went.
She estimates there were more at least eight people who paid to have sex with her.
On the fourth night of her ordeal, Frida made a run for it after her captor accidentally left the door open.
She said when she got outside she ran as fast as she could before hailing a taxi to her friend's place.
"I felt so embarrassed afterwards that at first, I didn't want to tell anyone," she said.
"It took me four days to contact the police.
"As the days passed, I just felt like I couldn't explain what I'd been through to my boyfriend, so I avoided him until he realised I didn't want to see him again.
"He still doesn't know why I ended it so abruptly, all these years later."
In the months following her ordeal Frida suffered nightmares and panic attacks, some so bad that her whole body convulses with the shakes.
"My legs and arms would start shaking when I thought about it," she recalled.
"One time I had to pull over in the car as I couldn't drive."
Now 38 and a single mum, Frida tells her story in the film Selling Isobel, also called Apartment 407, which she wrote and starred in. She says modern slavery "happens all the time" to "normal" girls just like her.
"If I say 'sex slavery victim' to you - you have an image in your head," she said.
"But any woman or any girl could be kidnapped and put into this situation. Anyone is for sale, you're just a body.
"They don't care where you're from or what you look like. I was just a normal girl, I was like anyone else in my class. It happened to me because I was walking home that night.
"Slavery happens in all the big cities - and small ones too. We live in our bubble of the nice bit we're in, going to our job, meeting friends.
"But under the surface, people are being exploited in the most horrible way, and it is not just people you assume are vulnerable.
"I was a nice girl from a good home and it happened to me."