Natascha's kidnap anguish goes on

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The Independent Online

The long-term effects of kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch's eight-year segregation from society emerged yesterday, a week after child kidnap victim Shawn Hornbeck was released in Missouri.

The 18-year-old is plagued by a variety of problems including an aversion to daylight and the effects of malnutrition, and can only sleep for four hours a night.

After years of being undernourished while held captive by Wolfgang Priklopil, Ms Kampusch has now begun to comfort eat and her appearance has changed markedly since her escape five months ago.

None the less, she is also now a millionaire several times over, thanks to international media deals, and is renting a penthouse in Vienna. Yet she frequently stays in the high-rise flat where she was raised, for fear of living alone.