British Model Was Allegedly Kidnapped To Be Sold On The Dark Web

CBS Local — A 20-year-old British model says she was kidnapped by a gang that was planning to sell her as a slave on the dark web.¬†Chloe Ayling was reportedly abducted during a trip to Milan, Italy on July 11 and spent a week in the hands of the cyber-crime group known as “Black Death.”

“Attacked, drugged, handcuffed and closed inside a suitcase, that’s how a 20-year-old English model was kidnapped on July 11 in Milan to be sold to the best offer,” Milan police said in a statement, per CBS News. Ayling says the alleged kidnappers held her in a Turin farmhouse for six days before discovering she had an infant son. The model claims that one of the men said their boss was upset that a young mother had been kidnapped, which is reportedly against the crime syndicate’s code.



After the discovery, the dark web auction for Ayling was reportedly closed and “Black Death” demanded a $50,000 ransom from the model’s agent in Britain. Although the ransom was reportedly not paid, Ayling was dropped off at the British consulate in Milan on July 18. Authorities say¬†30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba was later arrested in connection with the kidnapping and extortion plot.

“I’ve been through a terrifying experience. I’ve feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour,” the 20-year-old told the media after her ordeal. “I’m incredibly grateful to the Italian and U.K. authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release.”

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