Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Pole detained over abduction of British model in Italy

Pole detained over abduction of British model in Italy

A British model was threatened with being sold in an online auction after being drugged and kidnapped in Milan, say Italian police.

A British model was abducted in Milan and put up for auction online after being lured to a sham photoshoot.

It is claimed the woman was taken to an abandoned office block on July 11 close to Milan's Central station in the boot of a vehicle.

She was allegedly assaulted and drugged when she arrived at the studio the next day, 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.

Police say they are still unclear whether the kidnappers were running an online scam to con "buyers" out of money or whether they actually meant to sell her on.

The unidentified 20-year-old was injected in the arm with the tranquiliser ketamine after going to what was a fake photo shoot at a venue near Milan's central station on July 11. Italian authorities believe that no ransom was paid for her release.

The paper says she was released on July 17 because her alleged abductor discovered she had a young child and considered her unsuitable for sex trafficking.

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He said he was working for The Black Death Group. It is unclear if she attempted to gather the money.

The man has confessed to the crime and his phone and computer - including photos of the model being offered on the "deep web" - have been confiscated.

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

The police investigation into the network is ongoing.

The agent then contacted police and Herba reportedly negotiated a £50,000 ransom with them which he expected to receive at the Consulate.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We have been providing consular support to a British woman in Italy and are in touch with local authorities".

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