A British model, unidentified publicly, 20 old, was kidnapped and held captive in Italy for six days. The woman had come to Milan for a photoshoot for an ad campaign, in fact a fake one, and was attacked and abducted on 11 July.
She was drugged with Ketalar (used to sedate horses) and transported in a bag to Borgial, an isolated village near Turin. In the house, “the model was kept handcuffed to a wooden dresser in a bedroom.” Two men tried to sell the woman online for around £230,000 in Bitcoin and demanded the model’s agent pay to secure her safe release. However she was freed after six days and taken to the British embassy in Milan, despite the ransom not being paid.
The captors threatened to kill her if she told police about the incident. Pawel Lukasz Herba, 30 old, a Polish national with British residence has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping for extortion purposes. The man was arraigned in a Milan court on Friday. He is not being charged for sex crimes, only kidnapping and illegally holding a person captive. It’s supposed the woman was released because she is a mother, making her undesirable to human traffickers. “Analysis of his email shows this man belonged to an organization called ‘Black Death’,” Milan prosecutor Paolo Storari said in a media conference Saturday.