Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I Want to Use My 3-Day Rape Hell to Help Other Women' Actress Frida Farrell Was Kidnapped and Kept as a Sex Slave for Three Days in a Harley Street Flat. Here She Relives Her Ordeal to Eleanor Rose

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I Want to Use My 3-Day Rape Hell to Help Other Women' Actress Frida Farrell Was Kidnapped and Kept as a Sex Slave for Three Days in a Harley Street Flat. Here She Relives Her Ordeal to Eleanor Rose

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ACTRESS and model Frida Farrell has warned women to take precautions against trafficking as she marked the grim 15th anniversary of her being drugged and sexually exploited in a Harley Street flat.

As part of the Evening Standard and Independent's special investigation into modern slavery, 37-year-old Farrell told the harrowing story of the threeday kidnap ordeal during which she was locked up and forced to have sex with a parade of unknown men.

She was afraid her kidnapper would find her again if she came forward afterwards. "I was silent for 10 years. I didn't tell anybody except my husband, my mother and a friend because I was so scared", she said. Farrell, who last year released the award-winning film Selling Isobel about her experience after finally plucking up the courage, called on women to be cautious particularly when going to someone's house for a photoshoot.

"Bring a friend and make sure people know exactly where you are, so that if you're not back in an hour they can report it," she advised.

She also lent her backing to our investigation, saying: "I am hugely impressed with the Standard and the Independent for launching this joint campaign to widen our knowledge of modern slav-ery a problem that's quickly grown larger than we can comprehend and to help stop other girls and women suffering what I went through."

Since Selling Isobel, she said she has received messages and emails from other victims saying "something similar happened to me", or "I was raped".

Swedish-born Farrell was 22 when she was approached near Oxford Circus after a shopping trip one September night in 2002 by a man who said he wanted to cast her in a photoshoot. "He didn't grab my arm and pull me he said, 'Call me if you want'. And that makes you think 'Oh, he's not pushing me'," she said. She showed up and as the photographer took a series of shots all seemed well. But when she arrived at his flat the next day there was no longer a photo studio inside and her middle-aged photographer's demeanour had changed. …

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