Kidnappers Let Model Go After Learning She's A Mom

A model went through a harrowing ordeal and is lucky to be alive right now. The young British woman was drugged and kidnapped when she was visiting Milan.

Her captor held her in Italy for eight days and demanded a hefty ransom, threatening to sell her into sex slavery if he didn't get what he wanted.

Chloe Ayling was in Milan for a July 10 photo shoot. Her agent had arranged and sent her for the job, but when she arrived it turned out to be a fake studio set up near the central railway system. A man posing as a photographer abducted her.

The man drugged the model by injecting her with ketamine, then undressed her and photographed her. According to authorities investigating the incident, it was an extremely traumatizing event.

“The psychological pressure on the girl has been extreme,” said Milan senior police investigator Serena Ferrari. “She was very afraid.”

The kidnapper had an accomplice who helped him handcuff and put tape on the model's mouth. They stuffed her into a large luggage bag and loaded it into their car. They then drove her more than two-and-a-half hours away to a hose in Borgial, a remote city that is close to the French border.

The woman was brought into a rented house and handcuffed to a chest of drawers. She was held captive for a week.

The kidnapper demanded $300,000 ransom from the model's agent. If he didn't get the money, he said he would sell the model as a sex slave on the dark web.

She was kept handcuffed in a home for a week before eventually being released. The model states she was only released because they found out she was a mother with a young child.

“You have a two-year-old child and our rules exclude mothers,” she alleges the kidnapper told her, according Corriere della Sera newspaper.

The British agent notified police when the woman did not return to London on schedule after the job, and he received the ransom demand.

Police found the guilty party: Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish national from Szczecin who lives in the U.K. The 30-year-old was arrested and confessed to the kidnapping. According to authorities, the plot was rather elaborate and planning had gone on for months.

Authorities say that while the model went through an extreme trauma, she was not raped during the ordeal.

At least one accomplice is believed to be at large.

“Europol found traces of this group on the 'dark web' a couple of years ago,” said Lorenzo Bucossi of Italy's state police to the Daily Telegraph. "We don’t know if the accused is linked to an organization or created his own version of Black Death."

Investigators are unsure, however, if there is an actual organization, or whether Herba invented the story. But, they say that it did look like Herba was planning to follow through with his threats of selling the woman into sex slavery.

"We can say the accused was about to create an auction online," said prosecuting attorney Paolo Storari. He’s not sure if this is a major underground network that Herba is associated with, but he does say that he believes Herba to be a dangerous man.

Source: Yahoo, People
Photos: Chloe Ayling/Instagram, You Tube, Polizia Di Stato via Yahoo

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