Man 'tried to sell' kidnapped model online

Alan Olson
Августа 6, 2017

A British model was kidnapped and held captive in Italy for six days, police have said, by a man who reportedly meant to auction her on the dark web.

When she walked into the apartment where the photo shoot was supposed to take place, two men attacked her, police said.

The Foreign Office said it was providing support to a British woman.

Lukasz Pawel Herba, who has British residency, was picked up by Milan police on July 18, a day after the model was released and dropped off at the British consulate in the city.

Detectives are unclear as to whether Herba was serious about auctioning his victim or if it was simply a threat meant to extort 300,000 euros in Bitcoin from the model's agent and family.

He was arrested by police after being caught taking the model to the British Consulate in Milan.

He claimed he was working on behalf of the "Black Death Group", an organisation which operates in the deep web for illegal traffics, say police.

The websites for the auctions included a description of the victim and a starting price but police said it was still unclear whether the suspect had made them up.

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Authorities said the kidnappers were going to release her "because she had a 2-year-old child" and their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers".

It has been reported that the captor demanded £50,000 upon the woman's release and threatened to kill her if she told police about the incident.

The unnamed suspect faced pre-trial before magistrate Anna Magelli yesterday.

A Milan court heard the woman arrived in Milan on July 11 and was seized near the central station when she was drugged with ketamine.

Police found a small bedroom at the property, but it is unclear whether it was used by the model or the kidnapper.

She then woke up handcuffed before her kidnapper attempted to auction her online.

The woman was released after being held for six days and investigations are being carried out by authorities in Italy, Poland and the UK.

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