A British model is speaking out about her harrowing experience after allegedly being drugged and kidnapped to be sold in an online auction on the dark web.
Last month, Italian police reported a 20-year-old model was kidnapped on July 11 after she traveled to Milan, Italy for a photoshoot booked by her agent.
Officials claim the then-unidentified model was assaulted by two men, drugged, and stuffed into a suitcase to be taken to a small home in Turin.
Now, Chloe Ayling reveals to The Sun that she was the victim who was kidnapped during the fake modeling gig and held captive for six days as a group planned to sell her to the highest online bidder.
She gave the paper details of her horrific kidnapping on Sunday, recounting:
“A person with black gloves placed a hand over my mouth from behind while a second person wearing a balaclava gave me an injection in my right arm. I believe I lost consciousness because when I woke up, I was wearing just my pink undershirt made of chenille, and the socks I am now wearing, and I realised I was in the coffin of a car, my ankles and wrists in handcuffs, with a black tape covering my mouth, inside a bag where there was just a small hole in the zipper that allowed me to breathe.”
After the three-hour drive, the model was taken to a cottage where she was allegedly handcuffed to a chest of drawers for six days. Initially, her kidnappers said she would be auctioned off if her agent did not agree to pay a ransom.
Ayling said she was told that “all girls are for the Arab market, and when the buyer gets fed up of a girl bought at auction, he can gift her to other people, and when of no interest anymore, feed her to tigers.”
Thankfully, fate intervened — thanks to Ayling’s young son, no less. After days of fearing for her life, Ayling’s kidnappers told her that “they had seized the wrong person.” She explained:
“I was not meant to be taken because the boss had seen my Instagram profile which clearly showed that I was a mum with a young boy and this went against the rules of the organization.”
The group decided to let her go and took Ayling to the British consulate.
Police arrested 30-year-old Polish national Lukasz Herba after he allegedly dropped her off at the consulate. Officials say Herba organized multiple auctions to sell women as part of an illegal human trafficking organization called the “Black Death Group.”
Authorities are still searching for other suspects in connection with the case.
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