A model who was kidnapped, drugged and forced to have sex with several men with stab wounds says she has flashbacks about ‘the moment she lost control’ and was caught – but skeptical police made her feel ‘insignificant’ after reporting the crime.
Swedish-born Frida Farrell, now 41, was held as a sex slave in west London for three days 19 years ago, after a chance encounter while walking home from Oxford Street.
The mother-of-one had been tricked into visiting a photography studio in west London by a ‘friendly English gentleman’ who thought she was auditioning for a modeling campaign.
But his behavior changed as soon as he closed the door behind her as he locked her inside and pulled out a knife before she was stabbed and raped by about six men.
She managed to escape after three days when her prison guard forgot to lock the door behind her, and after running several kilometers, she got into a taxi and traveled to a friend’s house in Acton.
After being persuaded to report her ordeal, Frida says questionable police made her feel ‘less and less’ when they asked why she entered the apartment of her own free will.
Swedish-born Frida Farrell, now 41, was held as a sex slave in west London for three days 19 years ago, after a chance encounter while walking home from Oxford Street. She is pictured in 2012
‘I started telling the story and they said,’ Well, you went in alone? He did not even force you in? ‘ she told the Sun.
‘Why would you say such a thing? I got smaller and smaller and smaller and I shut down. I felt really, really insignificant.
Frida, then 23, had recently moved to London to train as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama when she was approached by a ‘friendly’ and ‘very typical English’ man in a suit.
He asked if she would model for a motorcycle campaign and asked her to audition the following day, which took place in a building on Harley Street.
Frida – who is now the mother of a four-year-old daughter and lives in LA – turned her story of her horrific ordeal into a film entitled Apartment 407, in which she co-wrote and starred in
She was offered £ 7,000 for the job and asked to return to the same place the following day when her ordeal began.
Frida, who later starred in a film about her ordeal, says the moment she ‘lost control’ was the hardest to film.
She remembered that her brain could not understand ‘what was going on’, she remembers’ freezing ‘when he pulled out a knife, adding:’ Tthe hat is, when you really just freeze. It is clear that everything is wrong. ‘
‘The rest is, in hindsight, not my fault. You can not change it, “added.
The model was held at a pinch before being forced to drink a glass of skim milk, and moved to another location where she was forced to have sex with several men – she thinks about six.
Frida’s prison guard had removed everything in the small apartment that could be used as a weapon, dismantled doors, toilet seats and pulled out any drawers in the building.
But after about three days of being held captive, her prison guard accidentally left the room without locking the door, and the frightened young woman fled from the building.
Her mother Margareta told the Daily Mail in 2016: ‘It was awful. Frida called me just a few hours after she had fled the apartment. She was next to herself, crying her eyes out as she told me what had happened.
Frida, pictured in 2013, said there was a lot of ‘back and forth’ with writers about whether or not they should be true to Frida’s experience, rather than dramatizing scenes
‘I immediately booked a flight to London and went there immediately. Hearing that your daughter has had such a horrible experience really breaks a mother’s heart.
‘After I arrived in London, we went to the police, but they did not believe her story.
‘The officer just kept asking her if she came in voluntarily and what she was wearing. They apparently thought that such a thing could not happen in such a noble neighborhood. ‘
Police were looking for her prisoner, but discovered that the building had been paid for in cash on a weekly basis and the criminal disappeared without a trace.
Frida – who is now the mother of a four-year-old daughter and lives in LA – turned her story of her horrific ordeal into the film Apartment 407 from 2018, which she co-wrote and starred in.
She told The Sun that there was a lot of ‘back and forth’ with writers about whether they should be true to Frida’s experience, rather than dramatize scenes – but they ultimately decided to portray exactly what happened during the ordeal. .
Frida reversed her horrific ordeal in the film Selling Isobel, also called Apartment 407, in which she wrote and starred (pictured)
Frida said there was a lot of ‘back and forth’ with writers about whether or not they should be true to her experience, rather than dramatizing scenes – but they decided to reveal exactly what happened during the ordeal. In the picture, Frida in apartment 407
“In reality, what happens is that you freeze and you want to stay as little as possible so that person will not use a knife on you,” she said.
“It’s not very dramatic in a movie, but in the end we went with reality because it’s very important to me to show the truth.”
The mother has previously warned that her terrible ordeal could happen to anyone – and describes herself as ‘just a normal girl’.
In a speech to the Huffington Post in 2018, Frida said: ‘[A]A woman or any girl can be kidnapped and put in this situation. Everyone is for sale, you’re just a body.
‘They do not care where you come from or what you look like. I was just a normal girl, I was like everyone else in my class. It happened to me because I went home that night. ‘
Frida described the effect it has had on her life and explained that she decided to move away from London, where her prison guards were.
‘I used to love going out with friends, drinking wine, going to jazz bars, but it was hard for me to fit in now. What if they saw me and tried to take me away ?, she said.