British model kidnapped and put up for sale on the dark web

06 August, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Police in Italy say a kidnapper tried to sell a British model on the dark web for £270,000

A British model has been drugged and kidnapped in Milan and was set to be sold in an online auction on the dark web, according to Italian police.

Herba drove to an events hall in Milan, rented by the kidnapper, where he then held her captive.

The Foreign Office says it is providing consular support to a British woman.

Her captors seemed to have a change of heart when they found out the model had a two-year-old child, and told police their "rules exclude kidnapping mothers" and chose to try and release her, the local paper reported.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked on July 11 by two men as she attended an arranged photo shoot.

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

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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.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports the woman was told she could be freed if a ransom of €50,000 (£45,000, $58,000) was paid, although it is not known if this money was paid.

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

The 20-year-old woman had been lured to Milan by the promise of a modelling shoot, after the alleged kidnappers had contacted her agent to book her.

However, when the model turned up in Italy, Herba allegedly kidnapped her, drugging her with the strong anesthetic Ketamine, before handcuffing the model, placing a pillow case over her head and putting her into a suitcase.

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 vehicle.

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