British model 'kidnapped and drugged' before being AUCTIONED online

British model 'kidnapped and drugged' before being AUCTIONED online

But when she reached the studio the next day she was assaulted and drugged, then placed in a auto 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 20-year-old model had travelled to Italy for what turned out to be a bogus photo shoot in Milan.

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.

In the house, "the model was kept handcuffed to a wooden dresser in a bedroom" until she was released on July 17, the police said.

He had told the model that he could not go on holding her because she was a mother of a young child and such abductions were prohibited by "Black Death", a nefarious web-based group he claimed to belong to.

A 30-year-old Polish man, who has British residency, was arrested on July 18 on suspicion of kidnap and extortion, state police said.

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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.

The kidnappers then started blackmailing her modelling agency, demanding USD$300,000 (A$377,000) in ransom, Italian authorities said.

Officers went through Herba's phone and computer and said they found photos of the woman and material stating she was for sale, while hair from both the model and Herba was found in the boot of his auto.

Italian investigators have since established that the suspected kidnapper had already organized several online auctions for the sale of abducted girls, referring to them as "prey".

It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area.

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

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