A woman has revealed she was snatched and raped ‘countless times’ in a ‘torture house’ by a stalker who was never caught by police in a new Channel 5 documentary.
In Snatched and Sold for Sex, which airs tonight at 9pm, Sunny Angel, 40, from Surrey, tells how her stalker spent a year following her and even threatened to burn down her house unless she did as he said.
After he demanded she move in with him, Sunny says she was raped ‘countless times’ and tortured in a remote house for months before finally managing to escape.
‘He’d make me do all sorts of disgusting things, watching porn, being really subservient to him,’ she explains. ‘I call it the torture house because of the things he’d do to me.’
‘He’d put cigarettes out on my back, he’d cut me, he used glass, he would whip me with his leather-belt.’
Sunny Angel, 40, from Surrey, reveals how she was snatched by her stalker as a teenager before being taken to a ‘torture house’ and raped ‘countless times in tonight’s episode of channel 5’s Snatched and Sold For Sex
She continues: ‘I was kept in that room for six months and he raped me countless times, hundreds and hundreds of times.’
However, Sunny’s stalker managed to escape justice and has never been caught by police.
In the documentary, she recounts the horrendous ordeal, revealing it all began when she was just 17.
She explains how she was walking through the park when she was approached by a 40-year-old man.
‘It was a Saturday morning and I was just doing my own thing,’ she says. ‘I didn’t realise that someone was following me until he actually stopped me.’
Describing how she felt at that moment, Sunny says her heart was left thudding when he revealed he’d been following her for a year.
Sunny (pictured) says her stalker followed her for a year before he approached her and demanded she do what he said
She explains: ‘I said, “Why are you doing this?” and he said, “You’re going to have to watch and see what I’m going to do.”‘
Sunny later received a phone call from an unknown number and was horrified to learn that it was him.
‘He said: “Look outside your house” and there he was with a lighter, flicking it on and off,’ she explains. ‘He told me that he knew where I lived and if I didn’t do as he said, he would burn it down.
‘I said I’d do whatever he wanted me to do because I wanted to protect my family.’
The 40-year-old says she was raped ‘countless times’ while living in a remote building she dubs ‘a torture house’
He began demanding that he walk her to work every day, before terrifying Sunny by threatening her family with violence if she told anyone the truth.
‘Nobody at work questioned what was going on, I just covered it up,’ she explains in tonight’s episode.
‘I just became very quiet at work. I was really frightened. I kept losing who I was. He said I was his property and he could do whatever he wanted with me.’
Growing concerned, she went to the police but at the time, in 1997, stalking wasn’t considered a crime and nobody took her seriously.
Sunny (pictured) reveals she went to the police to report her stalker, but at that stage in 1997, stalking wasn’t considered a crime
Isolated and with nowhere to turn, she fell deeper under his control until he finally demanded she leave home and move in with him.
‘I can’t just leave home, the shame, the dishonour – being an Asian girl you can’t just leave home,’ she says, before adding that she was devastated by the suggestion. ‘But he made me leave home, he said: “Right I’ll take you somewhere for a better life.”‘
He drove her out into the remote countryside to a semi-detached house which she says looked ‘really rough’ from the outside.
He boarded up the windows and took all the furniture out the bedroom room apart from the bed and the TV, before telling her he had a ‘fixation with virgins and that she would be his ninth.’
The 40-year-old (pictured in tonight’s documentary) reveals how she was kept in the ‘torture house’ for six months and faced ‘countless rapes’ as well as violence
‘What he’d do was visit when he fancied it, when he fancied beating me up or raping me,’ she says, speaking of the next six months. ‘It was just horrific.’
What is stalking?
Charity Suzy Lamplugh Trust defines stalking as ‘a pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour which is repeated, persistent, intrusive and causes fear of violence or engenders alarm and distress in the victim.’
Stalking is not legally defined, but the amendments include a list of example behaviours which are following, contacting/attempting to contact, publishing statements or material about the victim, monitoring the victim (including online), loitering in a public or private place, interfering with property, watching or spying.
The protection of harassment act was brought in in June 1997 and was later amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
Sunny hoped that her captor would change.
‘Even through all the beatings, there were those moments where if I just looked prettier or just gave in, he would love me or stop being so nasty or the one day he wouldn’t rape me,’ she says.
The abuse continued for months before he said he planned to sell her on to others once he was finished with her.
‘I kept trying to kill myself,’ Sunny explains. ‘I was begging him to kill me. Every rape, every time he tortured me, I just wanted it to end.’
Finally, she managed to escape after her captor left the keys behind the front door.
‘It felt like my whole body had come back to life,’ she says. ‘My heart was just flying, literally flying. I was scared but i was just so happy.’
But it wasn’t long before her stalker managed to track her down, forcing her into his car and raping her for what he said would be the ‘last time’.
Sunny (pictured) says her escape felt like her ‘whole body had come back to life’ after months of rape and torture
Unable to live with the trauma, Sunny tried to take her own life, and woke up in hospital.
But somehow her stalker even managed to call her in hospital, telling her: ‘You can’t even kill yourself can you. I’ve had my fill with you, look at the state of you.’
Sunny’s abuser was never brought to justice and disappeared after skipping bail on charges of credit card fraud. She now works to raise awareness and has written a book about her experience.
‘I get thousands of messages every single day from other victims, survivors, other people who have been raped and stalked,’ she says. ‘Just contacting me saying thank you – for that it was worth it.’
Now, Sunny (pictured) campaigns to raise awareness and receives thousands of messages every day from other survivors