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Brit model 'placed up for sale after being kidnapped and drugged

"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 on pornography sites", said a statement from Milan police.

The model, who has not been named, was reportedly sent by her United Kingdom agent to Milan for a photo shoot on July 11 and when she arrived at the studio near the city's central railway station she was anaesthetised with the powerful drug Ketamine injected into her arm. Italian authorities believe that no ransom was paid for her release.

The 20-year-old was kept chained to a wooden dresser in the farmhouse.

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.

Italian media reports that Herba has links to the "Black Death" criminal organisation that works on the dark web.

She arrived at an apartment the following day for the shoot, where she was attacked by two men, say police.

The police say the man, Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, a Polish citizen who lives in the United Kingdom, was charged with kidnapping for extortion purposes.


During her detention, Herba had demanded the model's agent pay $300,000 to avoid the model being sold online though no ransom appears to have been paid, police added.

He has been charged with kidnapping for the purposes of extortion.

Officers are now investigating the incident after the man was captured with the model.

The police investigation into the network is ongoing.

But reports in La Stampa alleged Herba had contacted the model's agent and demanded the same £270,000 price for her freedom.

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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