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Model 'kidnapped for Dark Web auction'

Model 'kidnapped for Dark Web auction'

A 20-year-old British model was kidnapped in Milan, Italy, to be auctioned off on a pornographic website on the dark web, the Italian State Police said Saturday, August 5th.

Police said she was held for a week in abandoned offices in the city and officers are now looking for accomplices.

She was allegedly assaulted and drugged when she arrived at the studio the next day, then placed in a vehicle 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.

At a sensational police press conference in Milan her captor was named as Polish-born Lukasz Herba, 30, who is accused of trying to sell her on the internet for €300,000 ($480,000) through Bitcoin. In the meantime, the staff at the consulate had phoned the police to say a man had called them to say he was dropping off a British woman he had "found".

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.

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.

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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. Italian authorities believe that no ransom was paid for her release.

The model arrived in Milan on July 10th and already had a photo shoot booked through her agent for the following day, according to the police account.

The place where a man held a young British model, according to police.

Prosecutors in Italy said Herba was linked to the Black Death criminal organisation that works on the dark web.

It was not immediately clear why the suspect took the model to the consulate.

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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