British model kidnapped in Milan 'to be sold in online auction'
- Author: Megan Austin Aug 06, 2017,
Aug 06, 2017, 0:52
However, on arrival, she was drugged and kidnapped, while her abductor put her up for auction with a starting bid of $353,000 on the #Dark Web.
Police said the woman had come to Milan for a photo shoot, apparently a fake setup, and was abducted on 11 July.
She was allegedly assaulted and drugged when she arrived at the studio the next day, then placed in a vehicle boot and taken to a small village near Turin where she was kept prisoner by Lukasz Pawel Herba, a British resident born in Poland, police said.
The suspect, who has been named in reports as Lukasz Herba, dropped her off at the consulate on 17 July, police said.
Her kidnapper allegedly threatened to auction her on the internet while trying to extort €300,000 (£270,000) from her agent.
It emerged this morning how the woman was drugged, handcuffed and loaded into a auto boot in Milan before being driven 200km to a farmhouse in Turin where she was kept for six days.
The interior "dungeon" of the farmhouse where the model was kept for six days before she was taken back to Milan to be released.
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He said he was working for The Black Death Group.
The 20-year-old woman had been lured to Milan by the promise of a modelling shoot, after the alleged kidnappers had contacted her agent to book her. Reports in Italy say Herba told officers he had sex with the model but it is unclear whether it was consensual and police are still investigating the claim.
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports the woman was told she could be freed if a ransom of €50,000 (£45,000, $58,000) was paid, although it is not known if this money was paid.
It was not immediately clear why the suspect took the model to the consulate.
She then woke up handcuffed before her kidnapper attempted to auction her online.
The Foreign Office confirmed it was providing assistance to the woman in Italy and is also cooperating with local authorities.