A British model has described how she was drugged, handcuffed, gagged and put in a bag in the boot of a car by kidnappers who then tried to sell her as a sex slave in an online auction.
20-year-old Chloe Ayling has given an account of her week‑long ordeal after she was taken by balaclava‑clad men and chained to a chest of drawers in a remote Italian farmhouse.
As she returned to Britain, Ayling, who works as a glamour model and has posed for page three in a tabloid newspaper, said that she feared for her life "second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour".
Her captors claimed to be part of an online organisation called "Black Death" and threatened to sell her on the "deep web" if her agent failed to pay a ransom of 270,000 Euros.
She was told that she would probably by trafficked to the Middle East where, once the man who bought her bored of her, she would be passed on to someone else or fed to tigers.
30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish national who lives in the UK, has been arrested by police and confessed to the kidnapping which investigators described as an elaborate plot that involved months of planning.
Ayling told Italian police that her agent had booked her a photo shoot in Milan on July 11 but when she turned up at the studio she was attacked. Ayling said that Herba told her three women a week were auctioned and he had earned 11.5 million Euros in the past five years from the sales, with most destined for Arab countries.
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